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Panthers pull out 3-1 repeat over Wesson Cobras

The Brookhaven Panthers defeated Wesson Friday night in varsity soccer, coming from behind with unanswered goals and solid defense to win 3-1.

The Cobras started fast and got the drop on Brookhaven early when senior Kelvin Casanova scored on a penalty kick, but the cats came alive and controlled the rest of the game, scoring three straight and keeping the pressure on Wesson as a thick fog rolled over the late-night match. Brookhaven senior Logan Emfinger scored twice from his position at left forward, crediting his shots to his teammates’ passing game.

“Our wings were able to cross it to me when (Wesson) was pushing it to the other side,” he said.

Panther senior Noah Spear said he was able to score his goal by getting behind Wesson’s defense.

“We opened up the sides and were able to move it down and create some shots,” said Spear, who scored one of his team’s three goals. “When I scored the ball was on the right side of the pitch, and I was able to get open to the left.”

Brookhaven coach Aaron Ayers said his team had the advantage of knowing Wesson’s tendencies and weaknesses after defeating them by the same score earlier in November.

“When we pulled them out wide we were able to go back to the inside for some shots,” he said. “We had a lot of shots in the first half that didn’t go in, but we kept doing what we needed to do.”

Wesson coach Bobo Douglas said his team’s defense was too weak to stop Brookhaven.

“Too many mental errors,” he said. “We had players out of place, and we didn’t stay focused. We’re going to make some changes formation-wise and see how we look against Morton before we get to Loyd Star.”

The Cobras take on Morton tonight at Morton and host Loyd Star Friday night in the team’s first region game.

Brookhaven hosts Franklin County tonight and travels to Natchez Friday night.