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Soccer: One enough for South boys
Lone goal lifts War Eagles past West
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South Forsyths Efrain Canedo (23) pushes the ball up the field past West Forsyths Hunter James on Friday at The Wolverine Den. - photo by Jared Putnam

Chris Mikus was in the right spot at the right time.

Mikus, a freshman midfielder, scored the game’s only goal in the 36th minute as South Forsyth’s boys outlasted West Forsyth 1-0 on Friday at The Wolverine Den for their second consecutive victory after dropping four consecutive games.

South’s Matteo Valente took a free kick from 35 yards out and sailed the ball deep into the box where Mikus was able to find an open area and push the ball past the line for the goal.

"I was just there and hit it in," Mikus said. "We played [well]. It was counter-attacking back and forth; it was hard and it was tiring. It was an even game.

"[This game] means a lot. We lost four games in a row, but now we’ve won two in a row, so we’re coming back."

South goalkeeper Kyler Kelsey was tested for much of the second half, but held strong to earn the clean sheet. Kelsey’s toughest challenge came in the 52nd minute when West’s Ranier Lopez sent a corner kick into the box for John Newman, who headed the ball toward the goal, but Kelsey blocked the shot and kept West off the scoreboard.

"It was nice," South head coach Tom Braun said. "We had a freshman come through tonight. …There were offensive opportunities for both teams; we just wound up surviving.

"Kyler is a four-year starter. He’s going to Clayton State to play soccer as a goalkeeper. He’s top-notch; nothing rattles him. He’s as good as it gets."

Dennis Sparks tried to add to the War Eagles (4-4, 2-4 Region 6-AAAAAA) lead with a header in the 73rd minute and a shot on goal one minute later, but West (3-5, 2-4) keeper Bryce Billington stopped both attempts.

Billington held off another South scoring opportunity in the 78th minute from forward Efrain Canedo with a shot from the right side of the box. West tried to mount a counter attack in the final minutes of the game, but couldn’t get a quality shot.

"Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on which way you look at it, we played probably one of our better games this year." West head coach Jason Bayush said. "Offensively we moved a lot better. Coming off a loss to Lambert where we didn’t come start out very strong, we played a much better game today. Unfortunately with 1-0 games it’s one mistake will get you."

The War Eagles will host Chattahoochee at 8 p.m., while West will play at Alpharetta at the same time.