Meadowcreek boys soccer off to strong start
By William Hammock of the Gwinnett Daily Post
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Meadowcreek’s boys soccer team, even with a revamped lineup, has started this season just as well as it finished the last one.
The Mustangs had the surprise result in the first round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs last spring, eliminating Region 8-AAAAAA champion Central Gwinnett. Though they lost to Tucker in the next round, they still had a memorable season that boosted the program.
“It was something our school’s never done before, so it was great, especially for a school with our athletic background that is not as prestigious as some of the other schools in the region,” Meadowcreek boys coach Tyler LaFleur said. “It did a lot for school spirit and showed that we can compete with these other teams.
“This year, the mentality’s still there. We go into games not caring who the school (we’re playing) is. We’re just going to play a soccer game.”
That attitude has Meadowcreek off to a 7-1 start, including a 4-2 win Tuesday in the 7-AAAAAA opener against perennial power Collins Hill. The two teams were tied 2-2 at halftime before the Mustangs won with a pair of second-half goals.
“The (Collins Hill) game was important because we really hadn’t had, other than the Central game, we hadn’t had a close game (this season),” LaFleur said. “We had to kind of reevaluate in the second half and figure out how to get the win.”
There figures to be a lot of those close games ahead in region play.
Norcross (7-0, 1-0), Mill Creek (7-1, 1-0), North Gwinnett (6-2, 1-0), defending state champion Duluth (5-3-1, 0-1), Peachtree Ridge (5-4, 0-1) and Collins Hil (3-5, 0-1) also aim to be in the playoff chase. Meadowcreek and Mill Creek play tonight in Hoschton.