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Levi United FC soccer players Aaron Frye (2), Tristan Murphy (10) and Alex Vargas (5) prepare for the team’s inaugural First Flight League game, hosting AC Raleigh on Saturday, Aug. 6 at West Brunswick High School’s M.H. Rourk Stadium.

Brunswick County’s semi-professional soccer team, Levi United FC, played their first home game of their inaugural season in the First Flight League Saturday, Aug. 6 at West Brunswick High School’s M.H. Rourk Stadium, beating AC Raleigh 3-1.

LUFC head coach Emmanuel Sarkorh praised his team on a great overall performance against the visitor from Raleigh that resulted in the win.

“AC Raleigh came into the season as a league favorite. So getting a win in the first game was key to LUFC to set the tone (for the inaugural season),” Sarkorh said.

“We knew this game was a must-win for us because we lost to AC Raleigh in our last preseason game. We wanted to prove that we are a talented team, willing to work hard for victory. AC Raleigh was a good team and they made us work hard.”

Sarkorh said overall, LUFC’s defense performed great and made it difficult for AC Raleigh to get through.

The offense did well scoring three goals and leading the team to win the game, he added.

“Players were working hard to make sure the first game of the season was a success in front of the home crowd. The fans gave the players the extra push needed to keep playing at 100% in the hot weather,” he said.

After the game, Sarkorh said he told the team to reset and get ready for the next game, a road trip against Bragg FC on Aug. 13.

“We still have room for improvement. We cannot be satisfied with just one win. We want to approach every game one at a time. This team is new to this stage and I want us to have a solid season,” Sarkorh said.

LUFC returns to M.H. Rourk Stadium Aug. 20, hosting Gastonia FC at 5 p.m.

LUFC HOME GAME SCHEDULE:

8/27 @ 5 PM: Levi United FC vs. Greenville United

9/10 @ 5 PM: Levi United FC vs. Bragg FC

10/1 @ 5 PM: Levi United FC vs. AC Raleigh

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