Edwardsburg’s Nick Karamalegos scored the winning goal as the Eddies edged Vicksburg 2-1 in Wolverine Conference soccer. (Leader photo/KELLY SWEENEY)

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Eddies edge Vicksburg 2-1

Published 10:14pm Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Edwardsburg soccer team notched its fifth win of the season with a 2-1 victory over visiting Vicksburg Tuesday night.

The game was a match-up of two teams who play a similar tough and gritty brand of soccer, which led to a low scoring back-and-forth affair from the opening whistle.

An outcome that Eddies’ first year coach Sean Jesse didn’t seem surprised to see.

“Both teams were pretty physical and they like to possess the ball. We’re a little raw and don’t have the kind of athleticism that allows us to beat people with finesse. We were similar to them there and it showed on the field,” he said.

The teams traded goals in the first half with Edwardsburg (5-2) striking first when senior Alan Lopez put one past Bulldogs keeper Matt Lowes in the 11th minute of the game.

Vicksburg countered with a goal of its own with 37 seconds left to play in the first half as Emmanuel Camacho collected a ball that ricocheted off an Eddie defender and placed it into the net evening the score at 1-1 heading to the break.

The second half saw the game’s physicality increase and at times became a little “chippy” with the Eddies collecting a pair of yellow cards.

However, the game winning goal would be scored on a more finesse style of play when sophomore Nick Karamalegos corralled a through ball, got past a sprawled out Lowes and struck the ball bar down into the net in the 75th minute.

“We had a few opportunities with the through ball today that we just missed out on,” Jessie said. “I’m just happy we got that one at the end.”

The Eddies will take to the pitch again next Wednesday in South Haven where they will take on the Rams of South Haven at 6 p.m.

 

Vicksburg… 1

Edwardsburg… 2

Halftime Score

Edwardsburg 1, Vicksburg 1

 

Edwardsburg Goals

Alan Lopez

Nick Karamalegos

 

Vicksburg Goals

Emmanuel Camacho

 

Shots on Goal

Vicksburg 7

Edwardsburg 8

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