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NUMBER NINES. (L to R) Northern Nash’s Tyler Jones and Louisburg’s Leo Carachurie joust for possession during last Thursday’s soccer matchup in Red Oak. (Times photos by Geoff Neville)
RED OAK -- Before traveling to Northern Nash on Thursday for a rematch of an earlier-season match, Louisburg High School boys soccer coach Chris Cannady offered a theme for the event.

Attitude.

Cannady wanted his club to not only play harder, but also to focus on team excellence instead of individual performance.

The emphasis nearly resulted in a win on the scoreboard for the Warriors against a strong Class 3-A opponent.

Louisburg led at halftime, only to see the Knights rally for a 2-1 decision thanks to a pair of second-half markers from Sammy Cervantes.

Still, it was a drastic improvement for LHS when compared to the squads’ meeting two weeks ago, when Northern Nash left Joyner Park with a convincing 6-2 conquest.

“Louisburg was ready to play (last Thursday),’’ said NNHS veteran skipper Joe McCarthy. “They played really hard.’’

The Warriors had secured a 1-0 cushion in the opening half with Slovakian exchange student Samuel Chmurovic scoring off a set piece.

LHS was much sturdier defensively in the rematch, though a mistake on that side of the ball would eventually lead to Cervantes’ game-winning tally.

“We developed an attitude to support each other on the field,’’ Cannady said. “I thought we really played well.’’

Louisburg is now 4-7 overall as the Warriors head into Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference boys soccer action.

The Warriors will only have two league foes in the newfangled TRAC -- Granville Central and KIPP. LHS will open its TRAC slate today at Granville Central.

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