The Panther Press

NL Soccer Amps Up for District Play

SoccerAdam Routon
(Photo by Cheryl LaRue) Panther Goalie Nick West getting ready to make a save.

(Photo by Cheryl LaRue) Panther Goalie Nick West getting ready to make a save.

As the Panther's soccer team gets ready for their final pre-season game tonight against Melissa, they appear ready to compete strongly in district play.  After taking over the team last year, head coach Aaron Welch is excited about the way the boys are playing this year.  Watching the teamwork and discipline in the 2015 squad is exciting to see as they unselfishly move the ball and work towards getting someone an open shot.  It is evident that their hard work and preparation is paying off.  North Lamar is currently riding a six-game winning streak and has a pre-season record of seven wins, three losses and three ties.

The Panthers have a solid blend of experience and skill, with nine seniors, six juniors and six sophomores on the team. They will be facing a very strong district schedule this year. Princeton and Paris High are both in the same district as North Lamar and are ranked three and six in the state of Texas. North Lamar, currently ranked number 20, along with 30th ranked Bonham rounds out the district.  The stage is set for excitement on the pitch (field) as the Panthers try to make a run to the playoffs.  

North Lamar opens district play on Friday, February 20th, at Princeton with a start time at 7:15. After a visit to Bonham, the remaining 4 games will be local games, allowing fans to turn out and support NL soccer.

2015 North Lamar Panther Varsity Soccer Roster

Jersey                   Name                  Position 

1                        Nick West                    GK 

2                   Hunter Love            Midfield/Striker 

3              Jessup Crutchfield           Midfield 

4                   Kyle Terry                   Defender 

5            Cameron Edwards             Defender 

6              Logan Thomas                 Midfield

7                Isaiah Lester                   Midfield

8              Grant Erickson                Defender

9            Victor Dorantes                 Midfield

10            Andrew Exum                  Midfield 

11             Chance Kent                     Striker 

12            Zach Routon                   Defender 

13        Chayanne Peralta                GK/Mid 

14             Eric Pheng                     Defender 

15       Christian Stockton                Striker 

16          Kris Stephens                   Midfield 

17         Garret Douglas                 Midfield 

18         Korbin Peralta            Striker/Midfield 

19           Ryan Cody                    Defender 

20       Hunter Brasher                 Midfield 

 21        Tanner Hevron                 Striker