A first for North Point girls

Ea­gles shut out Park­dale, claim first-ever re­gion ti­tle in pro­gram his­tor y

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

UP­PER MARL­BORO — De­spite feel­ing a lit­tle un­der the weather, North Point head girls soc­cer Kiante Webb was full of joy at the end of the night.

Webb watched his Ea- gles de­liver a 7-0 blank- ing of the Park­dale Panthers of Prince Ge­orge’s County in Tues­day night’s Class 4A South Re­gion cham­pi­onship at Wise High School.

It was the first-ever re­gion ti­tle for the North Point girls soc­cer pro­gram, which ad­vances to Satur­day’s 4A state semi­fi­nals to face 4A West cham­pion Wal­ter John­son of Mont­gomery County at Wise, sched­uled for 2:30 p.m.

North Point (14-2-1 over­all) took its un­beaten streak to 15 in a row af­ter hand­ing Park­dale (10-13) its only loss of the sea­son.

It was the 10th shutout for the Ea­gles, who have outscored their op­po­nents 82-7 on the sea­son.

Af­ter com­ing one game short of a re­gion fi­nal ap­pear­ance in pre­vi­ous years, North Point fi­nally over­came that hump of

win­ning a re­gion crown.

“This is real spe­cial man. We have stuck to­gether and played hard all sea­son,” Webb said. His team started the sea­son 0-2. “When we stick to our game plan it is not too many teams that can touch us. Them get- ting over this hump es­pe­cially

the se­niors, this is a big win for them. Hope­fully we can get the next one here on Satur­day and then Loy­ola for the state cham- pi­o­nship game.”

North Point dom­i­nated from start to fin­ish as it surged out to a 3-0 mid­way through the first half and took a 5-0 half­time lead.

Lead­ing the Ea­gles at­tack was se­nior for­ward and cap­tain Bri- anna Reid with three goals on the night, while as­sist­ing on a goal in the game.

“This is a re­ally big ac­com- plish­ment be­cause dur­ing the sum­mer we said that we want a [state ti­tle] ring and this was an- other big step,” Reid said. “We have two more games left and our main goal is to win it all. The sea­son started off rough, but we love each other to death and I would do any­thing for them. Our bond has got­ten stronger to­ward the end of the sea­son.”

Also get­ting in to the scor­ing act for North Point was Mikay-

la John­son, who scored the first goal of the game five min­utes in. Jordin An­der­son scored the sec­ond goal of the game on Reid’s as­sist.

In the sec­ond half, Is­abel Pi- azza and Court­ney Moss also con­nected on shots at the back of the net.

Dur­ing the 4A South play­offs, the Ea­gles used suf­fo­cat­ing de­fense and was able to con­trol pos­ses­sion, al­low­ing just one goal dur­ing their re­gion run in

a 2-1 vic­tory over Bowie in the Sec­tion II semi­fi­nals.

The big­gest win of the re­gion play­offs for North Point thus far was shut­ting out SMAC archri­val Leonard­town 1-0 to put it in its first-ever re­gional fi­nal game.

North Point se­nior goal­keeper Tai­lor Gam­mons did not record a save in Tues­day’s game due to a sti­fling de­fense that did not al­low a shot on goal in the game.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

North Point girls soc­cer won its first re­gional ti­tle on Tues­day with a 7-0 win over Park­dale in the Class 4A South fi­nal at Wise High School in Up­per Marl­boro.

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