North Lamar varsity boys and girls soccer teams faced off with Bonham in a home doubleheader to close out District 11-4A play. While the girls had already secured a playoff berth and 3rd in district, the boys were in a situation where they had to win to get in the playoffs and extend their season.
The Pantherettes opened up scoring early in their match with Adriana Evans scoring a goal to give NL a 1-0 lead about 30 minutes in. Jaycie Proctor extended the lead with a goal a few minutes later. The Pantherettes enjoyed a 2-0 lead over Bonham at the half.
In the 2nd, Hylan Gabeline drove the ball up the left side beating a defender and goalie with a chip shot to give NL a 3-0 lead. Abbie Fischer added a goal of her own with a laser shot from about 45 yards out that dropped into the left corner of the net. Coach Caleb Ballard had all seniors on the field for the last six minutes in honor of Senior night.
The NL boys took the field knowing exactly what was on the line. It appeared that the Panthers were planning to take care of business early. After the kickoff, Kshitiz Basnet dribbled through the defense into the box then dished the ball to Matthew Meredith on his right who slid it into the net to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead just 18 seconds into the game. Osvaldo Palomares scored another to give NL a 2-0 lead with 19:20 left in the 1st half. It looked like they were about to punch their playoff ticket, but a key injury to defensive standout Zack Figueroa right before the half foreshadowed bad things to come.
Bonham was able to score on a free kick to reduce the NL lead to 2-1 with 26:34 left in the match. The Panther defense began to show some signs of fatigue as the Bonham offense continued to attack. Bonham scored another goal to tie the game at 2-2 with just 13:32 left in the game. NL meanwhile had dried up offensively and could not mount a serious scoring threat in the final 20 minutes of the game. Bonham added another goal to win the match 3-2 over NL.
With the loss, the Panthers season comes to an end with a disappointing 1-7 district record. The Pantherettes 4-0 victory moves them to 4-4 in district for the year. The Pantherettes with face Terrell in a Bi-District matchup next weekend. Game time and date is still TBD.