by Becky Kimbrell Norris
RALEIGH — Wakefield High’s boys soccer team is proving that resiliency is a trait that they have in spades after a 3-1 double overtime win against Leesville Road, Monday.
After losing their last three games, this victory helped the Wolverines improve to 5-8 overall and 3-4 in the Cap 8 Conference and a fourth place tie with Leesville Road.
Jack Adams, who led his team with five shots, had a pair of goals for Wakefield, including the game winner that came with two minutes left in the second 10-minute overtime.
“We haven’t particularly played bad in any of our losses this year,” said Wakefield coach CJ Komons. “Every game has been close.”
“We just need to focus on what we need to do and not worry about the other team,” Komons added.
With the score knotted at 1-all at the end of regulation, Adams crossed the ball to Chris Zografos for the go-ahead goal at the five minute mark in the first overtime.
The teams played scoreless throughout the middle of the first half when Ryan Thompson assisted Adams for Wakefield’s first goal.
“Jack played like Jack,” Komons said. “He played hard, got stuck into tackles, and was dangerous in the attacking one third.”
Leesville Road, 3-6, 3-4, scored their lone goal in the second half.
“I was pleased with the way we played,” Komons said. “We played as a team for 100 minutes and they had each other’s back and that was great to see.”
“We just put together two good halves of soccer tonight,” Komons added, “and that was the difference in the outcome of the match.”
Despite being outshot 16-7, the Pride had a strong push at the end of regulation.
However, the consistent play from Wakefield defenders Andrew Nguyen, Alex Papalia, Wesley Skinner, Daniel Fox and keeper Yasine Mirmozaffari would not give up another goal.
The game was not free of physical play as 15 fouls were called, and one yellow card was given to Wakefield.
“I don’t know the percentage that we kept the ball, but we were smart when we had it and we worked to get it back when we didn’t,” Komons said.
Wakefield will play at Enloe Monday in another Cap 8 Conference match.