Soccer News: Lumberton primed for regional showdown

Lumberton_Girls_Soccer Photos by Bradley Collier, VYPE Media: Hargrave ISD

Lumberton Soccer senior captain Kambrie McFarland

Friday afternoon’s regional semifinal soccer match between Lumberton (23-3-1) and Columbia (22-2-3) has

the look of a classic showdown. 

Both teams have shutout their playoff opponents in 2019 and have a combined 38 goal differential between them.

Lumberton is enjoying their realignment movement down to class 4A and will look to reach the regional finals for the first time since 2013.  Columbia makes their second straight road trip to the fourth round after last years heartbreaking loss to Lorena 1-0.

Lumberton will rely on goalie Autumn Rodriguez and a stout defense to counter the Columbian offensive barrage.  Along with her current playoff scoreless streak Rodrigues also only give up a single goal during the district season.

“We have a ton of soccer experience,” said Jason Hopson, head soccer coach of Lumberton.

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Lumber junior Landrie Young, District 20-4A 2018 Defensive Player of the Year.

“Our upperclassmen have been through the playoff battles of years past.  they know how to get the group focused and doing things one step at a time.  We have some really good leadership skills.”

The Lady Raiders are a well oiled playoff machine with wins over Center (8-0), China Springs (3-0) and Gatesville (5-0).  They will look to control tempo and let their athletes take over.

“We want to set the pace early,” said Hopson, leading his 12th season at Lumberton.

“They have the same type of offense we have, they like to swarm their opponents and let their offense be their best defense.  Its going to be a track meet with a lot of great athletes on the field.”

Lumberton’s core group of strikers including Kambrie McFarland, Regan Bowman, and Landrie Young bring a solid playoff pedigree to Friday’s match.  They have advanced to the third round the past two seasons as an undersized 5A team compared to enrollment numbers and will bring an embedded competitive fire Friday night.

These teams met earlier this season with Lumberton taking a 3-1 win in the FCBL tournament hosted by Columbia.  The match Friday kicks off at 3pm at A&M Consolidated High School.

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