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Sebring’s Joel Gonzalez (8) heads the ball in a past match. The Blue Streaks lost to Lake Wales by a score of 3-1 on Thursday night.

The Sebring boys soccer team fell to Lake Wales on Thursday night by a score of 3-1 at Firemen’s Field.

In first half play, Sebring took the lead when a Lake Wales defender swiped at the ball with his hand in the penalty box.

Sebring’s Joel Gonzalez connected on the penalty kick to put Sebring ahead 1-0.

The Blue Streaks took the lead into halftime with a combination of good defensive play and team possession.

The second half saw Lake Wales with a surge in attack as they maintained a constant pressing on Sebring.

Sebring’s goalie, Julian Jara, fought to keep Sebring up early in the second half with an amazing one on one save.

The Blue Streaks failed to keep the lead as Lake Wales second half attack proved to be too much.

Lake Wales scored two goals just before the water break to go up for good.

Sebring missed on several scoring opportunities created as they forced several Lake Wales defensive turnovers.

The Blue Streaks fought to even up the score by sending more players forward building up pressure on a Lake Wales defensive side that was ready for each attack.

Lake Wales caught Sebring late in the game on a counter attack to finalize the score to 3-1 and provide enough cushion that was too much for Sebring to overcome.

The loss dropped Sebring’s district record to 1-1.

“Tonight’s score will not show it but there were many positive things to take away,” said Sebring head soccer coach James Ashley. “We started to show momentum in possessing the ball. Also, games like tonight will give us opportunities to learn how to grind out leads. These game situations are not easy to do, but will be important for us to learn as we move forward.”

Sebring will face DeSoto High School tonight in DeSoto. The Blue Streaks return to Firemen’s Field on Thursday night when they host Hardee.

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