Severe Storm Suspends Cross-County Soccer Clash
Severe thunderstorms suspended a cross-county soccer clash Monday in Cameron between Union Pines and The O'Neal School.
In a compelling first half of action, the homestanding Vikings jumped out to an early 2-0 lead only to see the Falcons fight back to tie the match at 2-all.
Union Pines senior captain Michael Lindsay got the Vikings on the board when fired a shot from the box that deflected off a Falcon defender and into the back of the net in the seventh minute.
The Vikes extend their lead to 2-0 less than two minutes later when Rafael Pastrana led Riley O'Neil perfectly with a long through ball. Riley managed to stay onside and slip behind the defense to deposit a shot in the back of the net with 30:48 remaining in the half.
O'Neal offered a swift answer on a nicely executed play resulting in a goal for Jacob Talbert in the 13th minute on assists from Zackery Eiserman and Richard Catania.
In the 19th minute Talbert took off down the left side of the box -- during the pinnacle of an O'Neal transition attack -- where he drew the keeper over before slipping a sweet cross over to Logan Butler who banged in the point blank goal to tie the match.
From there both squads had a few close calls but could not capture the go-ahead score.
Near the end of halftime, just as the players readied for second-half play, a thunderstorm settled in over the area and halted play for 37 minutes.
As skies cleared, the teams again took the field and warmed up, but soon more lightening was spotted.
This prompted The coaches from both schools and Union Pines athletic director Bobby Purvis to meet with the three officials. After a short discussion all parties came to a mutual decision to suspended the game.
According to Purvis, the hope is for the game to be completed in the future. However no official date for its conclusion has been set.
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