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Western uses OT goals to top Williams in soccer

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By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Western Alamance’s boys’ soccer team had to work extra Wednesday night, but it was worth it for the Warriors.

Konner Johnson and Luis Guerrero scored overtime goals to lift visiting Western to a 3-1 victory against Williams at Burlington Memorial Stadium.

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The Warriors pulled into a share of first place in the Central 3-A Conference.

Western (11-5-2 overall, 7-1-1 Central 3-A Conference) and league co-leader Cedar Ridge (11-3-2, 7-1-1) meet Monday night at Western.

Guerrero, who scored Western’s first goal, assisted on the first overtime goal.

Third-place Williams (8-9-1, 5-4-1) lost for the second time this season to Western. The Bulldogs suffered a defeat for the second time in their last five games.

Since a September 20 loss at Cedar Ridge, the Warriors have a seven-game unbeaten streak (5-0-2 in that stretch).

They looked in good shape several times against Williams, but they were pushed before coming away with a victory.

Guerrero scored in the second minute off an assist from Noah Rouse.

That held up until 4:29 remained in the first half and Williams’ Sebastian Vargas Aleem scored to pull the Bulldogs even. He found room amid a crowd of players on the left side to deliver the goal.

Williams goalkeeper Ian Kirk’s work was strong at different junctures of the game. A highlight came late in regulation.

Western was poised to regain the lead on a penalty kick with 2:54 remaining. Boston Cornell’s shot toward the left side was thwarted by Kirk’s diving move.

High school overtimes consist of two 10-minute periods. The Warriors scored in both of those.

Johnson’s goal came from in front of the net just 1:44 into the first extra session. Guerrero’s pass set him up for the shot.

Then Guerrero’s blast from near the top of the box with 5:28 left in the second OT session helped seal the outcome.

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