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High school boys' soccer: West Bladen 2, St. Pauls 1

   ST. PAULS -- Clay Allen scored a pair of first-half goals and the West Bladen defense along with the goaltending of Brett Jackson made it stand up Wednesday as the West Bladen Knights edged the St. Pauls Bulldogs 2-1 in a non-conference match.
  
   The victory avenged West Bladen's lone loss of the season, a 3-1 setback at home against the Bulldogs a week ago.

   In Wednesday's contest, St. Pauls had more shots on goal (11-to-7), more shots attempted (26-to-9) and more corner kicks (9-to-4), but Jackson and a backline led by John Waldrop, Owen Peavy, C.J. Singletary, Victor Jacome, Bryan Labra and Colby McLean kept the Bulldogs off the scoreboard for the final 65 minutes of play.

   St. Pauls' lone score came at the 15 minute mark of the first half when Erik Perez darted in from the left and received a nice pass from Hugo Calderon through the box. Perez, who scored all three goals for St. Pauls a week ago against the Knights, booted the ball into the left corner of the net.

   West Bladen tied the game in the 34th minute when Allen, on a direct kick from 45 yards out, deftly booted the ball over the outstretched fingers of the St. Pauls goalie and into the top right corner of the net.

   Allen scored again two minutes later from 10 yards out after receiving a pass from Edwin Labra, then faking out a defender.

   Jackson finished the game with 10 saves.

   West Bladen improved to 2-1 with the victory. The Knights are scheduled to host the West Columbus Vikings on Thursday at 6 p.m. in a makeup game that was postponed Tuesday due to rain.
  
   St. Pauls is 1-4.
  
West Bladen 2, St. Pauls 1
West Bladen   2-0 -- 2
St. Pauls        1-0 -- 1
   Goals: WB - Clay Allen 2. SP - Erik Perez
   Assists: WB - Edwin Labra. SP - Hugo Calderon, Isaiah Reyes
   Shots on goal: WB - 7, SP - 11
   Records: West Bladen 2-1, St. Pauls 1-4.

Scoring summary
   SP - Erik Perez, 15th minute, 8 yards (Assists: Hugo Calderon, Isaiah Reyes)
   WB - Clay Allen, 34th minute, 45 yards, direct kick
   WB - Clay Allen, 36th minute, 12 yards, (Assist: Edwin Labra)

   
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