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Lovejoy beats rival Mundy's Mill 4-1

By Jeffery Armstrong

The Mundy's Mill girls soccer team won their first game of the season Wednesday night, but they couldn't pass the magic to the Mundy's Mill boys soccer team.

The Mundy's Mill Tigers played hard but they ended up losing their fifth straight game, a 4-1 setback to the Lovejoy Wildcats Thursday evening at Mundy's Mill.

Lovejoy (1-4-1) got two goals and one assist from senior midfielder Sanu Sowe en route to its first win of the year. Sowe and his teammates were aggressive and quicker to the ball from the start, enabling them to jump to a 3-0 lead at the half.

"We just had to win this game today. It felt great to score and especially great to get our first win this year," said Sowe, who's originally from Sierra Leone in West Africa. "Some guys on our team were feeling down about our losses; hopefully this will bring them up."

Sowe did his best to make his teammates feel a lot better. He scored his first goal at the 14:00 minute mark on an assist from defender Anthony Polizzi. He then made a nice pass to midfielder Elbert Nelson, who scored at the 29:00 minute mark for the 2-0 lead.

Mundy's Mill (0-5) barely made it past midfield at the start of the first half. Great passes and dribbling from Tigers Duy Nguyen and Carlos Coronel kept Lovejoy from blowing this game wide open.

Lovejoy had 12 shots on goal in the first half compared to two shots for Mundy's Mill. Good saves by Tigers' goalie Alfred Wheeler and wide attempts by Lovejoy kept the score from getting out of reach.

After Sowe's second goal gave Lovejoy the 3-0 lead with 3:00 left in the half, Mundy's Mill became a bit more aggressive. Marcus Potts and Sean Taylor tried to score on Lovejoy's goalie David McHone as the half was winding down, but they couldn't convert. McHone either made the save or Lovejoy defenders got the ball back for the Wildcats.

The second half was more of the same for Lovejoy, as the Wildcats scored early to thwart any sort of Mundy's Mill comeback. After a few missed shots on goal, Wildcats forward Leavell Smith knocked the ball in the corner of the net for a 4-0 lead.

Lovejoy's Steven Dolbeer and Mac Bussey made good passes which could've led to more goals scored, but Tiger defenders Kerry Bennet and Ruben Mendez made good blocks to deny Lovejoy.

Mundy's Mill had more shots on goal in the second half, but Lovejoy's Daniel Rich and Dylan Bussey played great defense. Potts did get by the Lovejoy defense to score Mundy's Mill's lone goal late in the second half.

"It's nice to win; the boys have been working hard all year," said Lovejoy head coach Aaron Buck.