LAURINBURG — The Scotland High School soccer team kicked off their first week with two ties and one loss.
Head coach Daniel Gallagher and the Scots fell to Seventy-First, 9-0 in their season opener after the Falcons managed to knock in three goals in the first half and six in the second.
The Scots fared better in their home opener against Douglas Byrd on Aug. 15 where they took an early 1-0 lead in the first half; however, Douglas Byrd was able to tie the game at one just a few minutes before halftime.
Senior McKenzie White scored the Scots only goal with an assist from junior Donovan O’Donnell. The two teams remained deadlocked throughout the second half and the game ended in a 1-1 tie.
On Aug. 17, the Scots hosted Whiteville in a double header with the JV team. This time it was O’Donnell who scored the goal for the Scots to give them a 1-0 lead heading into halftime. O’Donnell got an assist from junior Tripp Wells.
Whiteville managed to score their only goal in the second half with a goal from senior Logan Butler.
The Scots have two games this week — both away. On Wednesday, Aug. 24 the Scots will travel to Douglas Byrd and the following day, Aug. 25 they will travel to Whiteville.
This year’s team features a mix of four sophomores, five juniors and 10 seniors. Coach Gallagher thinks with experience on their side the Scots should have a good 2016 season. The team finished the 2015 season with a 7-12 overall record and 2-8 in the Southeastern Conference. The Scots were fifth in the SEC behind Pinecrest, Richmond, Lumberton and Hoke County. Pinecrest won the conference in 2015 with a 10-0 record.
Members of the Fighting Scots 2016 soccer team include, in alphabetical order: Seth Armstrong, Trey Armstrong, Negi Barbor, Luis Flores-Caulderon, Dawson Chavis, Nyjel Jackson-Collins, Tre’vion Deviner, Nate Dubbs, Shane Dubbs, Aubrey Grham, Isaiah Fields, daniel Johnson, Gabriel Jordan, Jacob Locklear, Levon McNeill, Donovan, O’donnell, Ryan Philliips, Amanye Robinson, Eurie Smith, Tripp Wells and McKenzie White.
Amber Hatten can be reached at 910-506-3170.