Last week the North Lamar Pantherettes and Paris girls varsity soccer teams played to 1-1 tie in regulation, with North Lamar winning the shootout in dramatic fashion. Tuesday night the two teams met for a rematch at R. L. Maddox stadium with 2nd place in district on the line. As the game unfolded it had the uncanny appearance of a reflection of the previous matchup.
North Lamar was first to score with Maria Leyva placing a shot in goal with 14:06 left in the first half. Despite sometimes frenzied offensive sequences by both teams, each defense stood up to the test resulting in a 1-0 lead by the home team Pantherettes at halftime. The lead did not hold up long after the resumption of play. Paris took the ball on a breakaway, scoring just less than five minutes into the second half.
Both offenses continued to press the ball with an increasing urgency to break the tie. Facing a barrage of shots on goal, Shaina Brown made numerous stops in dramatic fashion. Her counterpart on the Paris team performed with the same level of heroism stopping multiple shots on goal by the Pantherettes. As the clock counted to zero, it was evident that both teams had given everything they had on the field. It was only fitting that after such exceptional play by both goalies, the match would be determined by a shootout.
While North Lamar had won the previous shootout with Paris, this night would be the Lady Wildcats night. North Lamar missed on their first three shots with Paris making two of three. North Lamar was able to get on the board with a goal on the fourth shot, but Paris clinched the victory when their fourth attempt was kicked into goal.
With the 2-1 (3-1 SO) loss to Paris, North Lamar’s district record falls to 2-3 with one match left against Bonham. Paris ended district play at 3-3 meaning a North Lamar win against Bonham will result in a tie between the two teams. Tiebreaker scenarios would be in Paris’ advantage, thus they will end up second in district play with North Lamar in third place. The Pantherettes matchup with Bonham is tentatively scheduled for March 23rd. Once confirmed, game times will be announced.