Scotland comes up short against Lumberton

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Scotland’s Luis Flores (9) attempts to make a play while teammate Hunter Edkins (far right) stands by during a soccer match against Lumberton on Monday. Edkins scored a goal and Flores notched three shots against the Pirates.

LUMBERTON —Scotland’s Hunter Edkins scored a goal with the help of an assist by goalkeeper Aubry Graham, but that was the only time the Fighting Scots (3-11, 1-8 SAC) found the back of the net in a 3-1 loss to Sandhills Athletic Conference foe Lumberton (7-9-1, 4-5) on Monday night.

“Wanting to throw the ball up the middle and not wanting to play out wide was the biggest issue tonight,” Scotland coach Blake Dickerson said. “And not passing. We were booting the ball up, hoping for something. I want to see better ball movement.”

A pair of goals by Nate Cribb gave Lumberton a 2-0 lead at halftime. Cribb scored his first on a breakaway early in the game, and he notched the second goal on a penalty kick with six minutes remaining in the first half.

Edkins got possession of the ball after a kick by Graham and fired a shot past Lumberton goalkeeper Joan Carillo with 27 minutes left in the match.

With 15 minutes on the clock, Haseeb Saleh scored the final goal of the night for Lumberton.

Luis Flores logged three of Scotland’s six shots. Graham registered seven saves.

Scotland plays against Richmond at home on Wednesday before celebrating senior night with another game against the Pirates on Thursday.

Lumberton snapped a three-game losing streak with the win. They visit Purnell Swett on Wednesday night before travelling to Laurinburg on Thursday.

Scotland’s Luis Flores (9) attempts to make a play while teammate Hunter Edkins (far right) stands by during a soccer match against Lumberton on Monday. Edkins scored a goal and Flores notched three shots against the Pirates.

Brandon Tester can be reached at [email protected] or 910-506-3170. Follow him on Twitter @BrandonTester.

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