WHITE HALL — Jordan Lawson and Kinzie Kight netted two goals each and goalie Cody Jones added a goal as White Hall beat Warren 5-2 in boys soccer action Tuesday night at Bulldog Stadium.
Lawson scored off a corner kick from Ruben Zamora in the 11th minute of the first half and added another at the 31st minute as White Hall led 3-1 at the break. Kight scored his first goal in the 37th minute of the first and found the back of the net from 20 yards out in the 13th minute of the second to give the Bulldogs a 4-1 advantage.
Jones scored his goal after being removed from goal and inserted as forward in the 20th minute of the second half for the Dogs’ final score.
Warren, in its inaugural season, controlled the first 10 minutes of the game, maintaining possession of the ball before White Hall (7-1) could generate any offense. It wasn’t until Lawson’s goal off Zamora’s corner that the Bulldogs opened up the scoring.
White Hall defenseman Tommy Townsend said the Lumberjacks’ sporadic play in the opening half was reflective of a first-year program.
“Coming into it, we sort of expected them to be all over the place,” Townsend said. “That’s how we were last year. We knew what to expect just because we have been there before and we have been through that stage. Looking back on it, they are a little better than what I thought they would be.”
Warren’s initial goal was credited to Antonio Dubon but actually found the net after a Lumberjack corner kick deflected off a White Hall player. By the time Dubon scored on his own merit in the 26th minute of the second half, White Hall was in full substitution mode with the game under control.
Shareif Shelton, also a defender, believes the Bulldog defense needs to get better as White Hall prepares to make a state championship run.
“We did a good job defensively,” Shelton said. “I think the own goal messed up our momentum. But we have to do better. We have the state tournament coming up. I think we should have shut them out (Tuesday).”
White Hall coach Don Malone said the Lumberjacks were right on schedule for a first-year program.
‘They are pretty much where we were last year,” he said. “They have some great young talent. They are going to be a fine team. Right now they are just learning and trying to put it together.”
Malone added that his players gained experience as the entire team garnered minutes in the win.
“It was a good game for our guys to get a confidence builder on,” Malone said. “It also gives us a chance to see people in positions that we normally don’t see them play. That gives us the opportunity to build for down the road. We are going to need all 24 players to reach our goals in the state tournament.”
White Hall 2, Warren 0
Sarah Smith pitched a shutout in goal with four saves as White Hall disposed of Warren in girls play.
Maria Ramirez netted both goals for the Lady Bulldogs. Ramirez broke a scoreless deadlock at the 19th minute of the first half from inside the penalty box off a feed from Ashayla Hayes and added an unassisted goal 3 minutes later to cap the scoring.
Both White Hall teams will be in action again on Friday, hosting Hope at Bulldog Stadium. The boys game will be a rematch of last season’s state tournament bout that the Bulldogs won in overtime.