LAURINBURG — The Fighting Scots soccer team was finally able to get back on the pitch Wednesday after heavy rain cancelled their conference game against Pinecrest on Monday.
The Scots extended their win streak to four with a 6-5 victory over conference rivals Hoke County. After taking an early 3-0 lead in the first half, Hoke County battled back with two goals of their own to make it a 3-2 heading into halftime.
The second half saw Scotland score another goal to go up 4-2, but Hoke County found a way to tie the game 4-4 about halfway through the second half. With momentum on their side, the Bucks surged ahead and took a 5-4 lead over the Scots in the final 18 minutes of the game.
The Scots didn’t panic, despite being one man down, and tied the game 5-5. It looked like the game would end in a tie, but Scots sophomore midfielder Louis Caulderon-Flores scored the game-winning goal in the final six seconds.
“We won 6-5 in an end to end game with tons of goals,” said coach Danny Gallagher. “We had to play the final 18 minutes a man down and managed to tie it up. Then we scored the game winner with six seconds left! Great battle by the boys.”
To go along with his game-winner, Caulderon-Flores also had another goal and two assists. Juniors Trip Wells had a hat trick with three goals for the game. Wells also had an assist. The Scots final goal came from senior Eurie Smith. Senior McKenzie White also had an assist in the Scots win.
With the victory, the Scots move to 5-3-2 overall and 1-0 in SEC play.
The Scots were scheduled to play Cape Fear on Thursday, but due to high water at Cape Fear that game was cancelled and since it’s not a conference game will not be made up. The Scots conference game against Pinecrest that was supposed to be played on Monday has been rescheduled for Monday, Oct. 3 at Pinecrest. The match will start at 5:15 p.m.
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