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Cougars top Tigers, improve to 8-0

Stephanie King

Thursday evening saw a non-conference soccer rematch between the Southwestern Randolph Cougars and the Randleman Tigers. In the earlier match up this season, Southwestern Randolph earned a 3-1 victory over the Tigers in Randleman. The Cougars had home field advantage this time around and came into the game with a 7-0 record. Randleman came in at 1-6 on the season.

Randleman had first touch on the ball, but it would be the Cougars who struck first. Southwestern Randolph found openings in the Tigers’ defense and had several good looks at the goal. They would match their total goals from the first game during the first twenty-six minutes of the first half. Alex Mercado, Fernando Castro, and Enrique Ramerez would each put on in the net for the Cougars giving them a 3-0 lead. Mercado would score a second goal at the 11:30 mark of the half. Randleman stepped up their defense and held the Cougars scoreless the rest of the half. The Tigers could not find a way to get the ball passed the Cougars’ keeper. At halftime, the Cougars led 4-0.

The second half started as a defensive battle until the Cougars scored their fifth goal of the night at the 33:33 mark. Yonathan Abonza was credited with the goal. Randleman would answer just eighteen seconds later with a goal by Brando Martinez to cut the lead back to four. Both teams continued to pressure the ball and play aggressive. Things got a little too aggressive for a moment as Southwestern Randolph’s Carlos Caudros and Randleman’s Brando Martinez were both carded for an altercation on the field.

Players cooled down and turned their focus back to the game just in time for the Cougars to score their sixth goal of the night. Ramerez would sent the ball passed the Randleman keeper for his second goal of the night. Defense would take over for the rest of the half as both teams had difficulty putting the ball in the net. Randleman would score the final goal of the night at the 4:40 mark. After several attempts, Liam Mowers finally put one in for the Tigers. The clock would wind down and the Cougars would claim a 6-2 win over Randleman.

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