North Point girls soc­cer out­lasts Leonard­town on se­nior night

La­tour’s sec­ond-half goal lifts Ea­gles to ninth straight win

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

The North Point girls soc­cer team did not let its hot streak cause them to lose fo­cus or not bring the same pas­sion into Wed­nes­day night’s an­tic­i­pated South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence non­di­vi­sion con­test ver­sus archri­val Leonard­town.

There was, af­ter all, some built-in mo­ti­va­tion. It was se­nior night and the Ea­gles have nine to be ex­act.

Fit­tingly, it was one of those se­niors who supplied the big­gest mo­ment.

De­fender Aimee La­tour stepped up with 18 min­utes 44 sec­onds left in the sec­ond half as she nailed a shot with her left foot into the right cor­ner of the net from 15 yards out on an as­sist from se­nior team­mate Is­abel Pi­azza, pro­pel­ling North Point to the even­tual 1-0 vic­tory over the Raiders.

Wed­nes­day’s con­test was a makeup from a Sept. 29 post­pone­ment.

For North Point (9-2 over­all), the Po­tomac Di­vi­sion cham­pi­ons, it was its ninth straight win. The Ea­gles are sched­uled to host Calvert at 6 tonight, fol­lowed by a trip to the SMAC cham­pi­onship game at 5 p.m. Tues­day at North­ern, the Ch­e­sa­peake Di­vi­sion cham­pion.

“First I drib­bled out wide and then I brought the ball closer into the mid­dle with my left foot and just took the shot,” said La­tour, who scored just

her sec­ond goal of the sea­son. “Last year we lost to Leonard­town three times, in­clud­ing the play­offs, so we re­ally wanted this game. This is was a big win for us.”

On how the play de­vel­oped that led up to the even­tual game-win­ning goal, Pi­azza said, “There was two de­fend­ers on my back so I dished it off to Aimee who made a huge goal for us. We knew it was go­ing to be a phys­i­cal game, but we just kept bat­tling and was able to put one through. Our de­fense re­ally played strong in the back.”

North Point has been lights out dur­ing the win streak, outscor­ing its op­po­nents 53-0.

“At half­time I told the girls that we were right there and all we need is one goal and we got it,” North Point head coach Kiante Webb said. “This was a big win for us, but we know we will prob­a­bly be see­ing Leonard­town again in the [Class 4A East Re­gion] play­offs. I knew this was go­ing to be a tough game and we were able to pull it out.”

Leonard­town had a sim­i­lar out­come on Tues­day night, fall­ing at North­ern 1-0. On Wed­nes­day, the Raiders weren’t able to get any clean looks at the goal to score.

“We had our chances, we just couldn’t cap­i­tal­ize,” Leonard­town head coach Jen­nifer Hen­der­son said. “I told the girls that we will see them again in the play­offs. The game could have went ei­ther way tonight, they just took ad­van­tage of a scor­ing op­por­tu­nity. It was a bat­tle de­fen­sively on both ends and we came up just short. We just have to come back stronger put this game be­hind us.”

North Point se­nior goal­keeper Tailor Gam­mons had an­other solid per­for­mance, fin­ish­ing with four saves on the night. Leonard­town goal-keeeper Madi­son Ins­ley saved six shots in the los­ing ef­fort.

The Raiders are sched­uled to host St. Charles at 6 tonight.

STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MA­SON

North Point’s Aimee La­tour, left, scored the lone goal in Tues­day’s 1-0 win over Leonard­town.

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