Tigers earn first PAC-7 win

Stephanie King

The Randleman Tigers battled with the Wheatmore Warriors and the rain on Monday in their first PAC-7 conference soccer game of the season. Randleman came into the game sporting a 1-7 record on the season, while the Warriors were 6-1.

The rain started early, but that did not stop either of these teams from competing. Both defenses were strong and aggressive as neither team could score. Wheatmore’s defense got a little too aggressive about ten minutes into the first half as they pulled down Randleman’s Liam Mowers inside the box. Mowers was awarded a penalty kick and sent the ball right passed Josh Mayfield for the Tigers first goal of the night. A few minutes later, Wheatmore got a little too aggressive once again and this time it gave them a yellow card. Corey Hudgins was given the yellow card. Randleman continued their defensive pressure as they held the Warriors scoreless the rest of the half. At halftime Randleman led 1-0.

With a now soaked and muddy field, these teams continued to play hard and fight on every possession. The Warriors found several open looks at the goal, but Jesus Jaramillo was there to make the save. Randleman too found good looks at the goal, but Mayfield made the stop every time. Wheatmore would continue to play aggressive and it cost them as they picked up four more yellow cards in the second half. Hudgins picked up his second of the night. Randleman would eventually hold off the Warriors for a 1-0 win.

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