The North Lamar Pantherette soccer team finished the 2015 season as the most successful team in program history after advancing to the third round of the state tournament. With several returning starters, lots of new talent moving up from last year’s JV district champion team and a very familiar face as the new head coach, expectations are high for the 2016 squad.
North Lamar took the field against a tough Greenville team on a brisk 38 degree evening. The Pantherettes moved the ball effectively from the beginning of the match and the defense turned back every Greenville advance. With several early advances deep into their opponent’s territory, NL broke the ice when Peyton Fleming (10) scored at the 34:37 mark in the first half. Eleven minutes later, Daisy Rangel (6) increased the lead to 2-0 with a goal from the right side. After giving up a goal, Rangel moved the lead back to two with her second goal of the night with just 1:35 remaining in the first half.
With 22 girls on the squad, Coach Duana Ewell made several substitutions throughout the game. Greenville was able to score two goals in the second half, tying the game 3-3 with under 15 minutes to play. As the clock counted down, it appeared that the match would end in a tie. However, Karlee Alexander (23) had something to say about that as she punched a goal in the net with 2:54 remaining in the match. 57 seconds later, Fleming iced the game with a goal at 1:57 to give the Pantherettes a 5-3 victory.
With the JV girls also winning 1-0 earlier in the evening, NL Pantherette soccer started the 2016 season with a bang. NL’s next action will be in the Greenville tournament starting on Thursday, January 7th.