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Ethan Kirkhart battles for the ball in the HCMS boys soccer match against Martinsville Thursday. (David Conner II photo) / April 16, 2018

One night after a quality win over Ben Franklin, Halifax County Middle School dropped a 1-0 decision to Martinsville Thursday night.

Halifax played quality defense and had a lot of shots on goal. Halifax also had four corner kicks in game action at home.

But the Lions could not break through for the victory. Halifax dropped to 6-2-1.

“Tonight was all about the eighth graders as it was the last home game for them as a Lion. It was a great game from both teams but the scoreboard didn’t go our way as planned. I know it hurt to lose on eighth grade night but it’s only the second lost of the season, it’s not the end of the world and still got a lot of soccer to be played,” Lion coach Kwame Lambert said.

“Mark my words we will bounce back and be clicking on all cylinders as district tournament (looms) over the horizon. Overall the team played great defense and even though we lost 1-0 I’m still very proud of them no matter what,” said Lambert.

Halifax enjoyed a significant win Thursday night at home, downing Ben Franklin Middle School of Franklin County, 1-0.

Wyatt Nelson scored the lone goal. He helped set the stage for a very satisfying win for the program.

Lion keeper Osiris Ross had the biggest night of his life with a season-high of 10 saves.

Lambert said Halifax enjoyed great defense as a team.

Halifax took repeated shots on goal, with four corner kicks.

“Two very good teams battled it out tonight and if you weren’t at Tuck Dillard Stadium I must say you missed a great one. I knew going into the game that Franklin County was going to be tough and give us everything they had and that’s exactly what we got. We’re also a tough team and gave the Eagles everything we had. We scored our only goal with a minute and a half left to play and from there we controlled the game and played great defense to close it out. I’m very proud of the boys, they’ve worked hard all season to get the recognition they deserve,” said coach Kwame Lambert.

Halifax is 6-1-1, with three matches remaining before the Junior Piedmont District tournament.

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