Johnson opened the scoring for Lumberton in the 25th minute off a feed from Miguel Bello. Bello recorded his second assist of the opening half seven minutes before intermission with a pass to Luis Watkins. Johnson pitched in his second tally late in the second half.
Keeper Pablo Lozano saved five shots and notched his second shutout in three starts.
“Part of the problem for us early in the season was we weren’t scoring enough goals,” Lumberton coach Kenny Simmons said. “We feel like that’s fixed now and we’re getting better as a team. Colby’s kind of gotten hot, too.”
With the win, Lumberton (7-5, 3-1) moved comfortably into second place in the Southeastern Conference setting up a pivotal game against Pinecrest next week. First, however, the Pirates host Purnell Swett (0-8) Wednesday night.
“There’s still room to improve for us, but I was proud of the effort in Laurinburg because it’s always tough to win at Scotland,” Simmons said. “Hopefully, we can play well Wednesday and have a big one here next week (Pinecrest).”
Bucks score early, often in win over Swett
RAEFORD — Hoke County sent Purnell Swett to its fourth SEC loss and eighth overall Monday night with a convincing 8-0 victory over the Rams. The Bucks scored four goals in each half to improve to 8-3 on the season.