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Demon booters run by Bulldogs, 5-2

Posted: March 15, 2018 2:16 p.m.
Updated: March 16, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Lugoff-Elgin scored four first half goals and that was more than enough as the Demons defeated rival Camden, 5-2, in Wednesday’s non-region boys’ soccer match played at the Camden High Athletic Complex on Ehrenclou Drive.

The loss dropped the hosts to 2-3 on the season and halted a two-match win streak for head coach Jerry Jones’ squad.

“The start of the game,” Jones said, “(we) played very slow and unwanting of the game. That mentality cost us very early on in the match.”

The visiting Demons (2-1) converted on a Bulldog penalty in the first five minutes of play to jump to a 1-0 lead. Ten to fifteen minutes later, a breakdown in communication and, what Jones called, “poor decisions” on his team’s part led to a pair of quick goals to make it 3-0.

“Later on in the match,” Jones said, “we had a few good opportunities from Neal Blank, Jouse Rojas, J.D. Myers and Jorge Navarro that we were not able to covert.”

With some seven minutes left in the opening 40 minutes, the Demons drove the nail deeper into the Camden coffin with a fourth goal as the guests carried a healthy 4-0 lead into the break.

 Jones said his team rallied during halftime and came out refocused for the second half of play. “At the start of the second half, we started to play with a bit of conviction and want for the game,” he said.

Camden was able to find the back of the L-E net in the 51st minute with a goal from Blank.

“With that momentum, we were able to begin building the ball up the field and have a few good chances form Hunter Webb, Neal Blank, Jouse Rojas, Jorge Navarro and J.D. Myers but we were unable to convert,” Jones said.

L-E, however, was up to the challenge as in the 67th minute, Camden failed to mark up on a Demon corner kick and they were able to convert on an unmarked corner for an easy goal to extend the lead to 5-1. 

Camden scored the night’s final goal with about 10 minutes to play thanks to a Blank goal which came on an assist from Webb.

“With that confidence of the second goal the boys began to play with more conviction but none the less it was too late,” Jones said.

“Overall, we played a very well-coached and strong L-E side that came to Camden ready to play and win. We are looking to build on this loss.”

Camden will try to improve to 2-0 in Region 4-AAA play tonight when the Dogs host Chester in a 7:30 p.m. match. The Demons will also be home tonight as they take on Hartsville in their Region 6-4A opener at 7 p.m. 

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