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Pantherettes Shut Out Bonham In District Finale

SoccerAdam Routon
(Photo by Maddie Routon) Daisey Rangel (6) pushes the ball up the field against Bonham.

(Photo by Maddie Routon) Daisey Rangel (6) pushes the ball up the field against Bonham.

On a beautiful spring night the North Lamar Pantherettes faced off against the Bonham Lady Warriors in the district finale of the soccer regular season.  North Lamar came into the match with a 2-3 record in district play and locked in 3rd place, while Bonham came in with a district record of 0-5. With North Lamar winning the previous match-up, Bonham was looking to even the series with a win.

The week off for North Lamar seemed to show as they started out a little slow, but that all changed 13 minutes into the game when Karlee Alexander scored the opening goal, giving the Pantherettes a 1-0 lead. Just four minutes later Peyton Fleming would add to the lead with a goal.  Madison Morrison would jump into the scoring frenzy with a goal at the 20:30 mark in the first half, which gave the Pantherettes a 3-0 lead.

(Photo by Maddie Routon) Melanie Brewer positions the ball for a cross.

(Photo by Maddie Routon) Melanie Brewer positions the ball for a cross.

After a flurry of goals in less than seven minutes, it looked like the Pantherettes would take the 3-0 lead into the half.  However, Daisy Rangel and Maria Leyva had other intentions.  Making a beautiful shot from the far right, Rangel appeared to have scored but the call was not made until Leyva pushed the ball into the goal.  Rangel would settle for the assist as North Lamar took a 4-0 lead with less than two minutes left in the half.

(Photo by Maddie Routon) Natalie Allen stretches for the ball against Bonham.

(Photo by Maddie Routon) Natalie Allen stretches for the ball against Bonham.

North Lamar came out with the same intensity in the second half. With 32:24 left in the match, Alexander scored her second goal of the night. With a 5-0 lead, Coach Kirk began substituting players frequently allowing some of the girls to gain some playing time in different positions.  While the intensity of the their effort did not decrease, North Lamar was not able to score again.  Though the final score was 5-0, it could have been much more lopsided as North Lamar out-shot Bonham 25-3.

The win solidifies the Pantherettes (3-3) as the number three seed coming out of district 11.  They will advance to the Area finals next week.  Bonham (0-6) finishes the season in fourth place in just their second year of play.