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Soccer Pats open with 3-1 win over Pulaski Co.

STANFORD — The Lincoln County High School boys soccer team registered three second-half goals, including a pair from senior Hawk Randall to garner a 3-1 victory over visiting Pulaski County Monday in the season-opener for both teams.

Randall, a forward, scored his first goal just 96 seconds into the second half to break a scoreless tie after a tightly-contested opening half. Randall unleashed a laser in the box off a pass from Trey Cummins, powering the shot into the back left corner of the net past a diving save attempt by Pulaski goalkeeper Riley Howell.

The Randall-Cummins connection also produced the game’s second goal. Cummins, also a senior, dribbled up the center of the field and passed to Randall and Randall finished with a strong cross kick to make it a 2-0 game with 22:49 left on the clock.

The senior duo appeared set for a repeat just a couple minutes later as Cummins made another pass to Randall but Howell denied Randall a third goal with a save.

Lincoln made it 3-0 with 18:03 to play when freshman midfielder Tommy Griffin, surrounded by Pulaski defenders, headed in his first high-school goal.

Pulaski senior Jaxon Gambill denied Lincoln the shutout, knocking the goose egg off the Maroons’ side of the scoreboard at the 15:58 mark.

Lincoln showed a 15-8 advantage over Pulaski in shots on goal, including a 7-1 edge in the scoreless first half.

Senior goalkeeper Carter Tillett helped the soccer Pats earn the victory, making four saves. Howell had six stops for the Maroons.

The soccer Pats will be at home today, playing host to John Hardin. Varsity game time is 7:30 p.m.