NL Pantherettes Dominate Home Opener
Coming off successful outings in the Forney tournament and at Quinlan-Ford, NL finally was able to play a match at home versus Caddo Mills. This was also the season opener for an anxious JV squad
The JV squad’s preparation and intensity showed as they moved the ball skillfully down the field with touch passes, dribbles and fast breaks sprinkled throughout. Though CM was able to score 2 goals, they were overmatched against the Pantherettes. Emeri Watson led the effort with 4 goals and 2 assists. Ann Vuckevich had a goal and assist and Camila Lenertz had a goal and 3 assists. The 6-2 victory by the Pantherette JV kicked off what should be an exciting season for the team.
Coach Samantha Ballard stated “We had a lot of JV games cancel this preseason due to other teams not being filled. So this was our first game and we were hungry to play! The girls did extremely well! I’m confident in this team and am excited to see them grow throughout the rest of our season!”
The Varsity squad came into their match with game experiences but several position changes implemented over the last two weeks. Success came early as they jumped a quick 2-0 lead less than two minutes into the game, with Keragahn Scott scoring on a header (assist from Jaycie Proctor) to open and Ashley Trenchard scoring off the assist from Makayla Winton. Trenchard added another, then Proctor scored two more off assists from Abbie Fischer. NL had a commanding 5-1 lead at the half.
In the 2nd half, Trenchard scored early with an assist from Winton. About six minutes later Kendall Stephens scored with Trenchard on the assist. Trenchard added her 4th goal of the match (assist by Winton) before Fischer closed out the scoring with a beautiful 40-yarder from the assist by Jessica Martinez. The Pantherettes defeated Caddo Mills 9-1.
Coach Caleb Ballard commented “I asked the girls to come out with energy and intensity with this being our first home game and they did just that. Scoring two goals in the first two minutes proves this team is coachable and hard working. They are certainly fun to watch play.”
The Pantherettes were 1-1-2 in the Forney tournament, with goals by Fischer, Trenchard, Macie Pointer, Winton and Reyna Hildreth (2). Goalies Celina Cervantes and Sophia Johnson each had a shutout match. Earlier this week they defeated Quinlan-Ford 5-1, with goals by Jerika Johnson, Proctor, Hildreth, Stephens and Fischer.