The Panther Press

NL Soccer Starts Second Half of District Play

Adam Routon

Separated by 76 miles, NL boys and girls soccer started the second half of district play against Princeton. With the playoffs approaching quickly, both programs would face a strong test against talented teams.

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The JV girls opened play at R. L. Maddox with an aggressive offensive attack that would yield results. With two goals by Abbie Fischer (14) and another on a penalty kick by Karli Newberry (11), the Pantherettes took a 3-0 lead into the half. The second half was marked with strong defensive play and a keep away offensive strategy that resulted in a victory for the Pantherettes. With the victory, they remain undefeated in district play. 

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Meanwhile in Princeton, the boys JV lost a close contest 1-0. The varsity Panther squad followed with a disappointing 6-0 loss.

The varsity girls took the field at home against a district-leading Princeton squad with a chance to move into a tie for first place. After giving up two early goals, the Pantherettes answered with aggressive play and multiple scoring opportunities. In a physical match that seemed more like a hockey match than a soccer game, the Pantherettes were stifled by a stingy Princeton defense and ended the night with a 5-0 loss. 

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Both varsity squads will take on Bonham this Friday night at home. It will be senior night for the girls as it is their last home game. Make plans to show up and support NL soccer.

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