Panther Soccer Dominates Tuesday Night Action
The NL boys soccer teams hosted the Caddo Mills Foxes on Tuesday. Following a 5-1 victory by the JV squad (Chance Henderson 2 goals, Ethan Foster, Roque Segovia and Alex De La Torre each with one), the varsity took the field with a high level of intensity.
After a first half filled with Panther shots on goal but no points, Humberto Perez wasted no time in the 2nd scoring just 23 seconds into the half. With an offense that dominated possession and a stifling defense, NL would capitalize again with Osvaldo “Oz” Palomares scoring with 15 minutes left in the match. Kshitiz Basnet finished the night with a goal in the final two minutes, giving the Panthers a 3-0 victory.
The Pantherettes traveled to face former district opponent, 5A Princeton. The JV was defeated 1-4. The varsity match was intense and physical throughout with both teams challenging for the ball. Just three minutes in, Makayla Winton scored off the assist from Jaycie Proctor to give NL a 1-0 lead. Twenty minutes later Ashley Trenchard scored with the assist again by Proctor. Princeton scored with about 11 minutes to go in the half, resulting in a 2-1 Pantherette lead at the half.
Macie Pointer extended the NL lead to 3-1 early in the 2nd off an Abbie Fischer assist. Sadi English closed out the scoring with a contested goal to give NL the 4-1 victory (Fischer with the assist).
Coach Caleb Ballard commented “tonight’s game was a big win against a good team, one we can be proud of but we know what’s ahead and we’re ready to work and keep the momentum going forward.”
The girls will be in action Friday night at home, hosting Mt. Pleasant. The boys next match is a home match on Tuesday.