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WJBD - Local Sports - Wildcats Top Stallions in Season Opener

A Stallion player tries to clear the ball before the Wildcat attacker can steal it away.

Salem netminder Jacob Maxey plants his foot as he prepares to boot the ball downfield.

Players from Salem and Christ Our Rock battle for the ball in Tuesday's match.

Wildcats Top Stallions in Season Opener

Patrick Wilson scored a first half goal that stood as the lone goal in the Salem Wildcats boys' soccer team's season-opening win over Christ Our Rock Lutheran High School.

Christ Our Rock had a chance to tie the game late in the contest, but goaltender Jacob Maxey and the Wildcats in the box were able to clear the ball out of the zone.

Wildcats Head Coach Cecil Rowe said the Wildcats were able to turn away the Stallions late to preserve the win.

"It was a fantastic save by Jacob Maxey. The mid-fielding closed down and [CORLHS] had the opportunity to take a shot. And the goalkeeper [Maxey] was right there and it was a fantastic save. I give him all the credit."

Rowe believes Tuesday's heat played a factor in the game, and he would like to see his players handle it better.

"I told them from the start of the game that we need to go hard and try to contain them. But I think maybe the heat got to them. It was not bad today, actually, but we need to come back and do better."

Cameron Goodin Tucker was named the Man of the Match for his continued hustle and work in the offensive zone. Salem competes in the Effingham St. Anthony Tournament on Saturday.

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