Arabia Mountain, Southwest DeKalb split Senior Night games

Arabia Mountain High School beat Southwest DeKalb High School 1-0 in girls’ soccer March 29 at Godfrey Stadium, and Southwest DeKalb’s boys’ soccer team beat Arabia Mountain 4-1 the same night. Both schools also celebrated senior night during the intermission of each game.

The boys’ game was a tale of two halves, with the first half featuring a defensive battle and several clutch saves from both teams’ keepers (Shawn Vactor for Southwest DeKalb and Parker Duncan for Arabia Mountain).

The two teams combined for nine shots on goal in the first half, even though the game was scoreless at halftime, and they finished with 20 combined shots on goal.

The first 18 minutes of the second half featured the same defensive battle, with both teams tied at zero. Then Southwest DeKalb’s Abdul Lawal got a shot that deflected off Arabia Mountain’s goal and tapped it in to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead over the Arabia Mountain Rams.

Lawal scored the first goal of the game at the 21:31 mark of the second half for Southwest DeKalb (5-8), and Arabia Mountain (1-8-1) responded by scoring one minute and 11 seconds later.

The goal at the 20:20 mark was scored by Arabia Mountain’s Drake Kemp on a ball that got away from Southwest DeKalb’s defense, but it was the final goal of the game for Arabia Mountain.

At the 19:40 mark, Southwest DeKalb’s Corey Ficklin hit a ball off his chest on a free kick by Kimani Groves to give the Panthers a 2-21 lead.

Southwest DeKalb’s Ezekial Babara and Mishael Ukoh added two goals in the following 15 minutes of the game.

Babara’s goal gave Southwest DeKalb a scoring run consisting of three scores in less than five minutes. Babara also aided Ukoh in the game’s final scoring play when Babara missed a shot and Ukoh scored on the deflection.

GIRLS: Arabia Mountain 1, Southwest DeKalb 0

The Arabia Mountain Lady Rams made a late first half goal on the way to a 1-0 victory over the Southwest DeKalb Lady Panthers in the opener on Senior Night for the two schools.

Both teams had six shots on goal in the first half with both keepers making plays to keep their team in the game.

Southwest DeKalb keeper Marissa Forbes had six saves in the first half including a quick reaction on a pair of in close shots at the 18:32 mark to keep the game scoreless.

Arabia Mountain’s Fredia Lansana turned away five shots in the first half to keep a clean slate. She also had two on the same play with 17:50 left in the half to keep the game tied.

Sarah Samu pushed the ball past the Southwest DeKalb defense and cruised in for a goal with 14:55 to play in the first half for the lone goal of the game.

Shots were at a premium in the second half as both teams managed just two shots on goal and both keepers turned them away. Three of the shots came in the first nine minutes of the half two against Lansana and one against Forbes.

The final attempt came with 17:40 to play as Araba Mountain got a shot off that was again turned away by Forbes.

Arabia Mountain improved to 3-6-1 on the season while Southwest DeKalb fell to 2-11-1 overall.

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Mark Brock contributed to this article


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