The 2017 soccer season is quickly winding down for the McDowell Titans. In Tuesday’s senior night contest, the Titans fought hard but the West Caldwell Warriors edged out McDowell late, winning 3-2 at Titan Stadium.
Tuesday’s contest was played 24 hours after severe weather postponed the start that was originally scheduled for Monday. Unfortunately, the Titans couldn’t hang onto a slim 1-0 lead after the first half.
West Caldwell (7-10-2 overall, 4-8-1 NW 3A/4A) scored three second-half goals and defensively provided just enough resistance, holding McDowell (3-17, 1-10) at bay the last several minutes of the match.
Seth Hughes accounted for both Titan goals in the losing effort. He put McDowell in front 1-0 about 25 minutes in with a score. And for the first 40 minutes of play, his goal was upheld as the Titans were in front at the break.
But the Warriors battled back in the second half and took a 3-1 lead.
Hughes connected on a penalty kick at the 67th minute, trimming the Warrior lead to a goal. However, McDowell was never able to get any closer the rest of the way.
McDowell goalkeeper Mario Ramirez made a total of eight saves in a physical contest including an encounter with West Caldwell’s front line that resulted in a card being handed out against the Warriors by the officials.
The Titans will wrap up the season later this week with a pair of league matches that started Wednesday night at Freedom (results were not available at press time). McDowell will host Hickory tonight (Thursday) in a rescheduled match from September.