Count­ing down the year’s top sports sto­ries

North Point girls soc­cer wins re­gion ti­tle

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - TED BLACK

One year af­ter be­ing up­ended by Leonard­town in a 4A South Re­gion semi­fi­nal con­test, the North Point High School girls soc­cer team cap­tured its first re­gion crown by de­feat­ing Park­dale, 7-0.

North Point (14-3-1) ex­tended its un­beaten streak to 15 games with the win over Park­dale — a skein that was snapped in the 4A state semi­fi­nals by Wal­ter John­son — as the Ea­gles got three goals from se­nior Bri­anna Reid and one each from Mikayla John­son, Jordin An­der­son, Is­abel Pi­azza and Court­ney Moss in the lop­sided tally over the Pan­thers.

“This is a re­ally big ac­com­plish­ment be­cause dur­ing the sum­mer we said that we want a [state ti­tle] ring and this was another big step, “Reid said af­ter the win over Park­dale. “We have two more games left and our main goal is to win it all. The sea­son started out 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.”

Ear­lier in the post­sea­son, North Point avenged sev­eral dra­matic set­backs against Leonard­town when it up­ended the de­fend­ing re­gion cham­pion, 1-0, in one of the big­gest vic­to­ries in the brief his­tory of the pro­gram. But that would even­tu­ally get topped by the Ea­gles 7-0 thump­ing of Park­dale on a day when goalie Tai­lor Gam­mons did not need to record a save to earn the shutout.

Af­ter open­ing the sea­son with a pair of losses, North Point went two months be­fore tast­ing another de­feat. Along the way the Ea­gles outscored their foes 82-7 and recorded 10 shutouts, in­clud­ing the nail-biter over Leonard­town dur­ing the re­gion tour­na­ment. North Point al­lowed only one goal in the re­gion play­offs in a 2-1 vic­tory over Bowie.

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North Point’s girls soc­cer team claimed its first re­gional cham­pi­onship af­ter de­feat­ing Park­dale 7-0 in the 4A South fi­nal on Nov. 8.

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