On Friday evening, the North Lamar Pantherettes hosted Bonham in a district matchup that marked the mid-point of district play. NL started the night by honoring seniors Melanie Brewer (17), Michelle Chavez (GK), Karlie Ewell (2), Peyton Fleming (10), Karli Newberry (11), Jaimelynn Parker (22) and Olivia Reader (13). A special visit from the Paris AirEvac team provided excitement to the ceremony as the crew landed their helicopter at midfield and presented game balls to the coaches of both teams.
From the opening kick, the game was very physical and played at a fast paced. NL moved the ball well and it paid off. Megan Baker (8) opened scoring early in the 1st half with a goal from the left side that gave the Pantherettes a 1-0 advantage. With 5 minutes left before halftime, Sydney Beshirs (1) scored with a header from about 5 yards out off the assist from Jaycie Proctor (4).
Beshirs added another goal early in the 2nd to push the lead to 3-0. Not wanting to be left out, Mara Mabry (14) launched a free kick from over 20 yards out into the net giving NL a 4-0 lead. Bonham would cut the lead to 4-1. Proctor found the goal with 10 minutes to go in the game, extending the lead to 5-1. Karlie Ewell would close out the scoring with a beautiful free kick from 20 yards out that sailed over the goalies' extended hands into the upper right corner of the net. The Pantherettes won 6-1 and moved to 2-2 in district play.
Coach Duanna Ewell said "I'm proud of the girls for working together." The team had to overcome some adversity after losing senior forward Peyton Fleming on Thursday to injury for the remainder of the season.
With three teams knotted up with the same record, the road doesn't get any easier for NL. They will host 7th ranked Princeton (4-0 in district play) on Tuesday night.