LOUISBURG -- Even as the defending national champion, Louisburg College's men's soccer team should receive its share of tests this fall in the Region X men's soccer standings.
Last Saturday's event versus the University of South Carolina-Lancaster wasn't one of those moments as the Hurricanes were dominant from start to finish en route to securing a 14-0 decision over the Lancers in front of a good crowd at Dr. Ronald May Field on the LC campus.
The Hurricanes are now 6-1 overall and 2-0 in the region. Louisburg's lone loss came against Georgia Military College in the return to town of former LC legendary coach David Sexton, who is now at GMC.
Against USC-Lancaster, Louisburg rolled to a 6-0 cushion at intermission, and would add eight more goals in the second half, even though LC skipper Martin Dell emptied his bench.
Louisburg's relentless onslaught began 22 minutes in as Paul Appiah found the back of the net off an assist from Mark Taylor.
Five minutes later, Timur Salah dented the scoreboard as LC began to quickly built is advantage.
LC would knock in six goals in the 20-minute span, with Edwin Guevarra-Alvarez, Salah (again), Appiah (again) and Jonathan Cisneros also scoring before the break.
Eight more goals would follow in the second half. Appiah would close out his hat trick, while Pierce Daly found find the back of the net twice in the closing eight minutes of action.
Louisburg continued its pace Monday with a 5-2 road triumph at Wake Tech Community College.
Appiah, Taylor and Jamie Clark scored in the first half, which ended with Louisburg holding on to a 3-2 cushion.
But LC took charge for good in the second half behind goals from Andrea Viano (33 minutes in) and Taylor (37 minutes in).
Louisburg played Wednesday at Spartanburg Methodist College in another Region X soccer contest.
The Hurricanes will return home this Saturday at 2 p.m. for a league soccer meeting with Cape Fear Community College out of the Wilmington Area.
Pictured (Above): IN THE CLEAR. Louisburg College's Bright Somuah (right) dribbles past the USC-Lancaster keeper en route to scoring a goal as part of the Hurricanes' home victory last Saturday afternoon at Dr. Ronald May Field on the LC campus. (Times photos by Geoff Neville)