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The Lincolnton Wolves’ soccer team started the season with a convincing 7-1 victory over Bandys Wednesday.
Under the direction of first-year head coach Andy Grant, the Wolves dominated the shots on goal category, out shooting the Trojans 18-4.
Sophomore Rodrigo Vargas paced the Wolves with four goals, while teammate Adrian Andrade scored two.
“He and Adrian are just so fast. Within two or three steps, they’re gone,” Grant said.
Angelo Quesada chipped in one goal. Yorhany Castillo recorded the victory as goalkeeper.
Grant expected outstanding ball-handling skills, which he received, but was caught off guard by how well the team played together.
“I was impressed with how well they worked as a team,” Grant said. “We haven’t played before, so I was impressed with how well we got along,” he added.
Felipe Arce, a team captain, provided outstanding leadership from his defensive midfielder position.
One attribute Grant was particularly pleased with, even though he didn’t expect it, was his team’s physical condition.
“I was inspired by their play. I thought they would’ve been a little winded, but all of our players seem to be in very good physical shape,” he said.
Grant, who coached soccer at the recreation level for six years and helped develop Fred T. Foard’s soccer program, was anxious to coach in his first high school match.
“I was a little nervous,” he admitted.
Quickly, he diverted the attention back to his young men.
“In the game of soccer, it’s more of a team,” Grant said.
Using an example of a star running back, that can manufacture big plays on his own, Grant believes soccer is entirely different.
“You have to rely on people to get you the ball, so you can have a chance to score,” he said.
Lincolnton is 1-0 on the season.

Lincolnton volleyball
The Lincolnton Lady Wolves’ volleyball team met Shelby on Thursday for the first time as a non-conference opponent.
The Wolves beat their former Midwest 2A foe 3-2; 25-18, 16-25, 18-25, 25-21 and 15-11.
Kendal Bradley paced Lincolnton with 19 points, while Charlotte Clark complemented her with 17 of her own.
Hannah Parker scored 16 points, Kim Zuniga contributed to Lincolnton’s balanced scoring with 15.
Keelie Steward and Jessie Cline finished with 12 and 10 respectively. Elaine Gregory chipped in with three points.
The Lady Wolves are now 2-0 on the young season.
by John Mark Brooks

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