Cavs prevail in road test vs. Vikings
Southern Lee outshot homestanding Union Pines by a wide margin but the Cavaliers needed Alex Palme's second goal of the match, with 11 minutes left in the match, to pull out a 2-1 Cape Fear Valley Conference soccer victory Wednesday night.
Southern Lee (6-0-1, 2-0-0) took on the Vikings a night after a hard-fought 3-2 win at Jack Britt Tuesday night. Two road trips in two nights was part of the challenge, said Southern Lee head coach Chris Palme.
"It was a tough trip (Wednesday). We had to play two great matches against two very good teams," said Palme.
Union Pines goalkeeper, senior Matt Cooper, also made the night tough on the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers outshot the Vikings 28-5 in shots on goal. Cooper made 26 saves.
"He just made a ton of great saves," Palme said.
"We kind of controlled the whole game, I'd say about 70 minutes of the game, but we couldn't put the ball in the net," he said.
Alex Palme, off an assist by Ethan Helsman, nailed a long-distance left-footed shot off the upper part of the post and in to give the Cavaliers a 1-0 lead in the 61st minute.
Palme scored again, this time off Isaias Cruz's assist, to give the Cavs the lead again.
"We're playing well at this point, and our offense can be potent, but we've got to put the ball in the net," said coach Palme.
Union Pines (2-3-3, 0-3-1) played a non-league match at Western Harnett last night and will go to Douglas Byrd for a 6 p.m. kickoff on Monday.
Southern Lee has three home matches next week, starting at 7 p.m. Monday versus Westover.
The Cavaliers will hold their annual Chill on the Hill night on Wednesday as the Cavs host JV and varsity matches against Terry Sanford. The first 100 students in attendance will get Southern Lee sunglasses. Chill on the Hill will feature food, music and more fun as the Cavaliers take on the Bulldogs (7-1, 3-0) in an important conference contest.