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Zadeh and Lia Wil­lis each scored within the last 1:10 of the half, but Patux­ent was able to keep the hosts at bay through the sec­ond half, never al­low­ing North Point to pull closer than four.

It was a pos­i­tive start for the Panthers in the eyes of head coach Kayla Hay­den, specif­i­cally be­cause of all of the new pieces on the field for her team and the lack of game sit­u­a­tions the team

had ex­pe­ri­enced up un­til Wed­nes­day night.

“Over­all, I’m very pleased with how they played,” she said. “We only had got one scrim­mage in, be­cause of the weather and some con­fu­sion we didn’t get an­other one in. So this is only the sec­ond game they’ve played and I was very pleased. We have five fresh­men on the team, so we have some young girls. It was great for them to step up today, as well. The older girls did ex­actly what I asked from them and helped lead the team to our vic­tory today.”

The Panthers had a healthy mix of scor­ers in the game, as seven dif­fer­ent play­ers tal­lied at least one goal. Ste­wart led the way with her five goals, while Kayleigh Mur­phy reg­is­tered a hat trick and Fort scored twice. An­der­son, McGuigan, Kenna Te­jch­man and Ma­cie Un­kle each scored once.

“I think it went re­ally well for our first game,” Ste­wart said. “We have a lot of new peo­ple, so we were try­ing to make sure we had our flow and we def­i­nitely got it.”

Two play­ers ac­counted for

all of North Point’s scor­ing, with Zadeh scor­ing a game­high six goals and Wil­lis adding three of her own. The Ea­gles, a young team in their own right, opened the sea­son with a 7-6 loss to Chop­ti­con and was next sched­uled to play at Lackey on Thurs­day night.

“We have a very young team, only have four girls re­turn­ing from var­sity last year,” North Point head coach Paige At­tonito said. “Con­sid­er­ing how young we are and how lit­tle ex­pe­ri­ence we have, I am happy with how we’ve been do­ing. Ob­vi­ously we’re not get­ting the wins we would like, but we’re play­ing well, we’re play­ing to­gether and ev­ery day we’re learn­ing. We’re get­ting bet­ter, which is all you can re­ally ask for with such a young team.”

Two games into the sea­son, At­tonito was cau­tiously op­ti­mistic about what was ahead for her squad.

“i’d like to see a game with our full ros­ter,” she said. “Our last game we had one starter who was not there. Tonight we had one starter out hurt. I think if we’re all play­ing, we’re ca­pa­ble of great things.”

On the other side, Ste­wart felt there was rea­son to feel pos­i­tive about what was ahead for the Panthers, as well.

“I just think we have to im­prove on lit­tle as­pects,” she said. “We did good things, we did bad things on de­fense, tran­si­tion­ing and at­tack. We just have to clean it up and I think if we do that we’ll be able to go far.”

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STAFF PHOTO BY ANDY STATES

North Point’s Lia Wil­lis looks to run past Patux­ent’s Kayleigh Mur­phy dur­ing first-half ac­tion on Wed­nes­day night at North Point. Wil­lis scored three goals, but Patux­ent won 14-9.

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