On Thursday, March 23rd, the Lumberton Raider Varsity Soccer Team traveled to play the Crosby Cougars in the first round of the Playoffs. The Playoff game was a part of the UIL 2017 Boys Soccer State Championship-Boys Soccer 5A Regions 1 & 3. It was a major accomplishment for the boys to make the Playoffs this year because they were 5th in the District last year and did not make the cut. This year they went in 2nd seed with a 10-4 District record.
The game was hard fought on behalf of both teams. Within the first few minutes of the first half, the Raiders managed to score putting them at a 1-0 lead over the Cougars. They were able to hold the advantage until the Cougars managed to score shortly before halftime.
By the second half, both teams were fighting to score and the game was becoming quite rough. The Cougars managed to score towards the middle of the second half, but the Raiders didn’t give up. They fought hard, but ended up falling short to the Crosby Cougars with a final score of 2-1.
The Raider Soccer Boys had an excellent season and should be very proud of their accomplishments. With Senior Keaton Soileau going to play collegiate soccer at Colorado Northwestern Community College and seniors Michael Barroeta attending Lamar University and Holden Edgecombe furthering his education at East Texas Baptist University; the team has a lot to be proud of. The boys are all well-rounded and have bright futures to look forward to.
Also with many upcoming players such as Corey Bierbaum, Jaden Wahl, and Dillion Peaster; the Lumberton Raider Soccer teams have great potential to do well next year and it will be exciting to see what these young men will accomplish.