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Second-half scoring pays off for Bulldogs

A wet field and rainy conditions couldn't dampen the Thomson boys soccer team as they defeated Harlem 4-1 in a game at Harlem on March 29.

Despite aggressive play by Thomson, Harlem held the Bulldogs scoreless in the first half.

"We've got to get some balls in the net," head coach Zack Tucker told his team during the break. "We're trying to make the most difficult shots, when the easy shots are right there. We have guys open. Pass the ball to them and let them make the shot."

The strategy seemed to work. Thomson scored eight minutes into the second half when Ford Coleman received a pass from Marquis Cook and kicked it into the net for the first goal. Harlem tied the game with a penalty kick 15 minutes into the half. But Thomson scored again 23 minutes into the half with a goal by Talles Cardoso and went on to score twice more in the closing minutes to end the game 4-1.

"I feel like we only played about half the game," Cardoso said afterward. "But once we started playing our game, it went well."

Cardoso had two goals for the game, Coleman had one, and Justin Bettross also had a goal. Richard Wilburn, Marquis Cook and Cullen Wallace had assists.

"Harlem played a very good game tonight," Tucker said. "But we really came together toward the end. Overall, I'm pleased."

Web posted on Thursday, April 07, 2011

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