NL Soccer Competes in 2019 King’s Classic
NL Varsity Soccer headed across town to close out their first week of play in the King’s Classic Tournament at Wildcat Stadium. After both teams tied their matches on Thursday, each looked to improve through the weekend and play in the final rounds on Saturday afternoon.
The girls faced 6A McKinney in a non-point match on Friday and were stifled, losing 5-0. The boys followed taking on Farmersville. Matthew Meredith had two goals, with Grant Sulsar and Favian Morales each adding one while Hudson Jones was perfect as goalie to give the Panthers a 4-0 victory.
NL returned to the field early on Saturday to face Kennedale. The Panthers lost 8-0, finishing the tournament 1-1-1 and just missing final round play.
The Pantherettes faced Texas High in a very competitive match. NL fell behind 1-0 early in the 2nd half but a goal by Keraghan Scott tied the match with 30 minutes to go. Texas High quickly scored to take a 2-1 lead. With 18:25 left, Macie Pointer received a pass off a free kick from Jaycie Proctor and sailed it into the back corner of the net to tie the match 2-2. The score would hold to be the final score, resulting in an afternoon rematch for 3rd place. In the late game, NL gave up two early goals in the first 9 minutes and would not recover. The Pantherettes lost 2-0, finishing 4th in the tournament.
Coach Caleb Ballard expressed pride in the way the Pantherettes played through adversity and stayed together as a team. Coach Mark Caldwell said, “I am very..very proud of this team. No matter how much playing time or position, each player is doing their part and playing their best. And we are having fun. Its a great way to start the year.”
NL boys will be in action next weekend in the Highway 5 tournament while the girls will play in the Forney tournament.