WHITE HALL – Hot Springs Lakeside spoiled White Hall’s Senior Night as the Rams scored four goals in the second half en route to a 5-0 win at Bulldog Stadium on Friday night.
“It was tough, tough one to swallow,” White Hall head coach Jason Bolick said.
Lakeside senior Spencer Bryson finished with a hat trick as he scored the first three goals of the game. His second goal of the game came at the 39:42 mark in the second half. It gave the Rams a 2-0 lead.
“I think when they scored that second goal, I think that demoralized us a little bit,” Bolick said. “Being that quick into the half, it broke our spirit a little bit.”
Bolick said after that goal, he tried to do some substituting, but he ended up with some guys who normally don’t play certain positions.
“I think we just got out of rhythm,” Bolick said. “We had a good rhythm going in the first half, but then in the second half, we definitely got out of rhythm.
“It kind of demoralizes you the rest of the half.”
With 37:06 left in the second half, Bryson scored again with a shot right in front of the goal that beat the keeper to the right side.
In the first half, White Hall (7-5-2, 2-3 in 5A South) played an aggressive defense and was able to hold Lakeside (10-8, 6-1) to just one goal.
“I was very proud of the way we played in the first half,” Bolick said. “That one goal that we gave up, probably shouldn’t have let it happen.
“They got the better end of the stick on that one.”
With 22:56 left in the first half, Bryson got the Rams on the board when he snuck it past the White Hall keeper.
“Overall, I thought we played a really aggressive first half,” Bolick said.
Even though White Hall had quite a few shots on goal, none of them were able to find the back of the net.
“We just couldn’t connect on our opportunities,” Bolick said. “I think if we had gotten a goal or two in the first half, I think that would have changed the outcome of the second half.”
Bolick said he put a lot of speed up front to create some opportunities, but Lakeside’s keeper was just too much for the Bulldogs.
“We had a lot of speed up front for that purpose, to get to those loose ball, but their goalie is a heck of a goalie,” Bolick said. “He scooped up everything. We just couldn’t find the back of the net.”
Lakeside’s Evan Munro scored the final two goals of the game.
Graduating seniors for White Hall include: Robert York, Baily Johnson, William Tietz, Ben Malone, Garrett Griffith, Jaron Sherrill, Ruben Zamora, Donaven Jordan and Corey Fontanot.
“They have put in a lot of hard work and dedication,” Bolick said. “We have been practicing since November and they have been out here putting their heart and soul into this.
“I think it meant a lot to them, especially to the ones who don’t play all the time.”