North Point boys soc­cer edges Patux­ent

Late Nunn goal lifts North Point boys soc­cer by Patux­ent

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By ANDY STATES as­tates@somd­news.com

Through its first two games, North Point’s boys soc­cer team played rel­a­tively well, but just could not seem to put to­gether 80 full min­utes. The lit­tle lapses cost the Ea­gles, as they dropped both de­ci­sions by two goals, los­ing to Hunt­ing­town and North­ern.

“That’s what we talk about. In soc­cer, it can be two or three min­utes that change an 80-minute game,” North Point head coach Doug DeCook said. “You can play 78 great min­utes and two min­utes can lose you the game 2, 3, 4-0.”

Against the vis­it­ing Patux­ent Pan­thers in a third straight South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence non­di­vi­sion game, the Ea­gles moved in the right di­rec­tion. Ma­son Nunn scored with roughly two min­utes left to play to lift North Point to its first vic­tory of the year by a 2-1 count in what was an en­ter­tain­ing bat­tle through­out.

“it was ex­cit­ing,” Nunn said of the game-win­ning se­quence, which came off of a throw-in. “Adtyan [Mur­phy] flicked it to me. I stepped to the ball

be­cause there was a de­fender right in front of me and I just hit it.”

Af­ter tast­ing de­feat twice in as many games to open the sea­son, the win was cer­tainly a wel­come out­come for North Point (1-2 over­all).

“We felt like in our first two games we had chances but the chips didn’t fall our way,” DeCook said. “This game, a typ­i­cal SMAC game, it gets down to the sec­ond half still 1-1, a real close game that can go ei­ther way. Then one of our sopho­mores, Ma­son, got on the end of one that bounced through the box and we fi­nally fin­ished one.

“We were get­ting in on goal, they were get­ting in on goal. It was a pretty back and forth game. Give credit to Patux­ent, it was a good game for them. I think we stuck with our tac­tics and our game plan.”

The Ea­gles opened the scor­ing nearly three-quar­ters of the way through the first half when Austin Weeks took a feed from Devon Dou­glas and slipped a shot past Patux­ent goal­keeper Brian King.

“Devon curled it through,” Weeks said of the play. “I saw it com­ing and shot it.”

Less, than 10 min­utes later, Patux­ent (1-2) an­swered when Lo­gan Miller put one in the back of the net to knot the score at 1.

Through the sec­ond half, and the en­tire game, both teams had many op­por­tu­ni­ties. King came up big with a cou­ple of saves on point-blank scor­ing chances as the sec­ond half wore on, but Nunn fi­nally got one through to give the hosts the win.

The Pan­thers were play­ing their sec­ond game in as many nights, hav­ing lost 4-0 at South River, of Anne Arun­del County, on Mon­day night.

“It was a very phys­i­cal game. North Point has come a long way in the last cou­ple years, has got­ten a lot bet­ter,” Patux­ent head coach Paul Gray said. “We came off a back-to-back game. We played last night and played tonight, so we’re tired.

“Play­ing a back-to-back game I thought we played re­ally well. We had our chances. We hit two posts, prob­a­bly could have been up but we weren’t. I’m so proud of the boys for fight­ing back.”

Sched­uled to host Hunt­ing­town on Thurs­day in a SMAC Ch­e­sa­peake Divi­sion con­test, the Pan­thers had been mak­ing pos­i­tive strides through three games, ac­cord­ing to Gray.

“I’m very pleased with the play,” he said. “We just need that one one ex­tra pass to con­nect and we’ll be fine.”

North Point was sched­uled to travel to McDonough for a SMAC Po­tomac Divi­sion game on Thurs­day night. With a win under their col­lec­tive belt, the Ea­gles fig­ured to go into the match feeling pretty good.

“The boys are al­ways still con­fi­dent, but those losses, you al­ways sec­ond-guess what you’re do­ing when you don’t get the re­sult at the end even though most of the things are go­ing right.,” DeCook said.

Weeks added, “It’s a big con­fi­dence booster for the team. Ev­ery­body is happy about this win. Hope­fully we can start a win­ning streak go­ing into teams like Leonard­town and La Plata.”

STAFF PHOTO BY ANDY STATES

North Point’s Ma­son Nunn pre­pares to move the ball dur­ing early ac­tion in the Ea­gles’ game with the vis­it­ing Patux­ent on Tues­day evening. Nunn scored a late goal to lift the Ea­gles to a 2-1 win.

STAFF PHOTO BY ANDY STATES

North Point’s Austin Weeks pre­pares to move the ball down­field dur­ing first-half ac­tion in the Ea­gles’ game against the vis­it­ing Patux­ent Pan­thers on Tues­day evening. Weeks scored a first-half goal in the Ea­gles’ 2-1 win.

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