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Down 1-0 at halftime against West Davidson, the Newton-Conover soccer team rallied.
The Red Devils (21-2-1) to score one goal in the second half and another in the second overtime.
â€śWe knew it was going to be a tough one,â€ť said N-C coach Angelo Palozzi. â€śThey did their scouting report. They had their gameplan, which was to sit back, put a couple guys on Chandler and let the rest of the team beat them.â€ť
West Davidson took a 1-0 lead behind a header goal in the 25th minute by David Monk. The Green Dragons carried the advantage into halftime.
â€śThey got one goal, but I told the team that weâ€™d been down before this year,â€ť Palozzi said. â€śLucas stepped up with a great shot. Thatâ€™s what seniors are supposed to do on a night like this.â€ť
Newton-Conover wasted little time, scoring seven minutes into the second half on a goal by Lucas Hernandez.
â€śWe knew we had to step it up,â€ť Hernandez said. â€śWe actually switched some things up around midfield and put me up top so we could have someone to plant a ball to Chandler in. We were able to punch a goal in.â€ť
After a first scoreless 10-minute period of overtime, the two teams went to a second extra session, trying to ensure a winner.
At the 8:23 mark, Johnson secured the N-C win. After cutting down the center of the field and past three West Davidson defenders, the senior found the back of the net, putting N-C up for good.
â€śKevin Thorpe played a beautiful ball, splitting the defenders and got me in through,â€ť Johnson said. â€śI just used the speed I had and got it into the back of the net. Thatâ€™s all I had to do.â€ť
The Red Devils advance to the second round, where they will meet Lincolnton at home on Saturday.View more articles in: