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Mata's hat trick lifts Dogs to 3-2 OT win over L-E

Posted: May 7, 2014 2:27 p.m.
Updated: May 9, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Moises Mata completed a hat trick in the second overtime period to give Camden a 3-2 win over host Lugoff-Elgin in Monday’s regular season finale for the visitors.
The Bulldogs split their two-match season series with their cross-river rival with the victory.
Mata took a centering pass in front of the goal and blasted home the game-winner for his third goal of the night to send the guests home happy while closing the season on a positive note.
“It was a great match, very well-played,” said CHS head coach Mark Chickering. “Luckily, Moises was able to finish them off with the goal in the second overtime period.
“We controlled much of the play but were not able to finish on our scoring chances. Moises really played well. Our defense really did a nice job of shutting them down.  We had a missed penalty kick in the first half but were able to battle back.
The Demons reached the scoreboard first, scoring on a corner kick in the 19th minute for the only goal of the first half.
Mata evened things in the 49th minute of play when he received a through pass on the left side of the box and placed it home on the short side. Eight minutes later, Mata struck again on a similar play as he accepted a pass at the top of the box and found the back of the net on the short side.
The hosts sent the match into overtime in dramatic fashion when Brandon Noel received a through ball and scored with second seconds left.
Chickering said it was a bittersweet night for his team.
“Obviously,” he said, “it’s nice to beat your rival. Lugoff-Elgin is a good team and in a very similar situation as we are. I was happy for our seniors, Clark Joseph, Riley Kohn, CJ Jordan and Erick Herrera who finished the season with a win. Our seniors really played well. C.J. Jordan filled in for Carlos Williams, who was running in the region track meet, and played the game of his life.
“Overall, it was a decent season for us; not as good as we would have liked, but we made progress. We'll miss guys like Clark, Riley and C.J., but we have guys waiting to fill in for them.”

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