Hun­gry Wolves Beat Westville

LIN­COLN BOYS GET SCHOOL’S FIRST-EVER SOC­CER WIN

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Mark Humphrey

LIN­COLN — An early goal kin­dled a fire spark­ing Lin­coln boys to play ‘hun­gry like the wolf’ as they recorded the school’s first-ever vic­tory on Mon­day, April 9.

Lin­coln, which is nick­named the Wolves, notched a 2-0 vic­tory over bor­der ri­val Westville, Okla., the first win in its first sea­son com­pet­ing in soc­cer at the high school level.

Lin­coln’s An­drew West set up a goal with an as­sist to Ed­son Cuevas in the first four min­utes to put the Wolves up 1-0 in the first half. The sec­ond goal by Cameron Brown, Jr., didn’t come un­til only 2:50 re­mained in the sec­ond half.

“It’s awe­some, it’s the first win in school his­tory,” said a thrilled coach Emil­ianne Sla­m­ons as the Wolves hooted and hollered in the post-game team hud­dle ig­nor­ing a frigid wind on a chilly night. “The kids can’t hold their ex­cite­ment.”

The early goal sent a surge of adrenalin among the Wolves and Lin­coln’s of­fen­sive play­ers re­peat­edly launched an all-out at­tack on Westville’s goal dur­ing cor­ner kicks.

“Ed­son Cuevas scored our first goal in the first four min­utes on a great as­sist from An­drew West,” Sla­m­ons said. “It was a great start in the first four min­utes. Our de­fense was great. It started the shutout.”

The ac­tion went back-and-forth as Lin­coln and Westville play­ers scram­bled to be the first to the ball, tak­ing turns kick­ing it to the of­fen­sive end.

A week prior to the break­through win, Lin­coln bat­tled Eureka Springs earn­ing a 4-4 tie on March 26. The High­landers scored 3 first half goals, but the Wolves kept pace with 2 goals of their own. In the sec­ond half, Lin­coln outscored Eureka Springs 2 goals to 1 to record a 4-4 tie. That suc­cess got them think­ing win when they took the field against Westville.

“This is the fu­ture of Lin­coln,” Sla­m­ons said. “The first win, the kids are go­ing to re­mem­ber this for­ever. It’s some­thing to look for­ward to.”

Sla­m­ons then stepped out of the spot­light and quickly ush­ered in Paul Crouch, who pi­o­neered Lin­coln soc­cer by start­ing an af­ter­school pro­gram. He be­gan with 67 kids com­ing out in the fall of 2013. The next year 68 par­tic­i­pated in the spring of 2014. The sport soon drew triple dig­its with num­bers in­creas­ing to 97 in the fall of 2014 and 103 in the spring of 2015. Crouch says cur­rently nearly 150 kids par­tic­i­pate.

“I was ready to step into his shoes,” Sla­m­ons said. “Re­ally, it’s his night.”

Crouch was as happy as any­body, re­joic­ing over what was ac­com­plished in se­cur­ing the win and also en­vi­sion­ing po­ten­tial to con­tinue ex­pand­ing soc­cer at Lin­coln.

“A lot of kids in the high school pro­gram are first year play­ers so the fu­ture looks great,” Crouch said. “Our guys were hun­gry, hun­gry to find the back of the net. They didn’t play out­side of them­selves. They played de­fen­sive first, but when the at­tack was there we went for it.”

“Our guys were hun­gry, hun­gry to find the back of the net. ”

Paul Crouch

Lin­coln Soc­cer Pi­o­neer

MARK HUMPHREY EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

Lin­coln’s An­drew West (shown kick­ing) set up a goal with an as­sist to Ed­son Cuevas in the first four min­utes to put the Wolves up 1-0 early. Lin­coln won the school’s first-ever boys soc­cer vic­tory with a 2-0 vic­tory over Westville, Okla., on Mon­day,...

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