The North Lamar Pantherettes entered the 2018 season with a new head coach. Caleb Ballard replaces Duanna Ewell at the helm with the vision to build on the past success of the program. With several new starters on the team, the Pantherettes struggled to find their game in the preseason. However, as they approached the start of district play, NL was able to notch some wins and build some hope for the season.
The Pantherettes opened district play hosting 10th-ranked Princeton in a game that at times resembled water polo. Weather conditions had turned the field into a wet and muddy venue. NL’s defense played phenomenally against the powerful Princeton offense, keeping the game scoreless through most of the match. Princeton was able to convert a goal with a fast break late in the game and held on to defeat NL 1-0.
The Pantherettes then travelled to face Crosstown rival Paris for their first matchup of the season. Matches between the two squads have been historically competitive with numerous game-deciding shootouts. However, the Lady Cats defense proved too much for NL as they held the Pantherettes scoreless while converting 3 goals to take the win.
At 0-2, a sense of urgency was building for the Pantherettes as they travelled to face Community. Held scoreless through their first two district matches, NL’s offense finally found success with goals by Macie Pointer and Kylea Basden. NL won the match 2-0.
The Pantherettes closed district play at Bonham. The NL offense exploded and led 6-0 at the half. Jaycie Proctor scored four goals with Basden and Sadi English each getting one as well. In the 2nd half, Proctor picked up her 5th goal of the night and Ashley Trenchard added one more to give NL an 8-0 victory.
Now 2-2 in district play, NL is in 3rd place behind Princeton (4-0) and Paris (3-1) and ahead of Community (1-3) and Bonham (0-4). The Pantherettes kick of the 2nd half of district play this Friday night at Princeton.
Turn out to support Pantherette soccer as they make a run for the playoffs over the next few weeks.