By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
After waiting out a 30-minute weather delay, the Eagles were ready to finish strong.
And they did.
Madison Southern (6-1-1) scored three times in the final 18 minutes — all by sophomore midfielder Tanner Kidwell — and picked up a 6-3 win over North Laurel Thursday at home. Kidwell scored five goals and Daylin Taylor also scored as the Eagles fought back from one-goal deficits three times.
“We just did our job out there,” Kidwell said. “When we had the delay, we went back into the school and we just knew we had to play our game. We went out there totally focused. We knew we had to play with our hearts out.”
The game was tied 3-3 when play was stopped because of lightning with just more than 18 minutes left in the game.
Once play resumed, Kidwell took over.
The sophomore scored less than a minute later when he came open in front and buried a shot into the corner of the net.
With 9:14 left, the North Laurel keeper made a save, but Garrison Copper got his foot in the rebound. He back-heeled the ball to Kidwell, who easily scored into the unoccupied goal.
Kidwell added another score with 1:07 left in the game.
“He played extremely well,” Southern coach James Ray said. “It kind of seemed like there had been a block over the goal for him lately. But, the lid came off tonight. So, hopefully he will keep playing that way and we will be in good shape.”
Southern trailed for most of the first half.
North Laurel scored on a long free kick with 24:55 left before halftime. Taylor tied the game about six minutes later on a nifty pass from Nick Wallace.
The Jaguars scored with two minutes left in the half, then Kidwell banged in a rebound a minute later.
“I was pleased with the way we played in the first half,” Ray said. “I thought we played better as it went on. Then we showed up and took care of business after the break, that is what I was hoping was going to happen.”
North Laurel scored on another free kick seven minutes into the second half.
Kidwell had the answer once again when he settled a ball out of the air, worked past a defender and beat the North Laurel keeper to tie the game at 3-3.
Southern is set to return to action Saturday against Oneida Baptist Institute in the Berea Cup.