North Point girls soc­cer is ex­tra mo­ti­vated for 2017 sea­son

North Point girls soc­cer ex­tra mo­ti­vated for 2017

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

The North Point girls soc­cer team had a re­mark­able run. The Ea­gles just one game away from the Class 4A state cham­pi­onship game.

How­ever, that run ended last Novem­ber in the state semi­fi­nals at Dr. Henry A. Wise High School in Up­per Marl­boro with a 3-2 dou­ble over­time de­feat at the hands of Mont­gomery County’s Wal­ter John­son, the even­tual state cham­pi­ons.

That loss still hurts many of the play­ers on the Ea­gles squad, led by head coach Kiante Webb, last year’s All-County Coach of the Year who in his sec­ond sea­son as the front­man of the pro­gram, but serves as ex­tra mo­ti­va­tion to get back to the state tour­na­ment in 2017.

“I felt like we were there. We were win­ning, but a soc­cer game is 90 min­utes,” said Webb, whose team led 2-1 with 24 min­utes left in reg­u­la­tion in that state semi­fi­nal game. “We came up short, but like I told them at the end of that game is that we will have the same ex­pec­ta­tions to get back to the state tour­na­ment. And we are ca­pa­ble of get­ting back to that point.”

The Ea­gles lost seven start­ing se­niors from a year ago, in­clud­ing reign­ing All-County Ath­lete of the Year for­ward Bri­anna

Reid — the team’s lead­ing scorer with 16 goals and 9 as­sists — All-County first­team de­fender Aimee La­tour, now a fresh­man at NCAA Divi­sion I Howard Uni­ver­sity, All-County first-team goal­keeper Tailor Gam­mons and All-County first-team mid­fielder Jordin An­der­son.

De­spite the loss of some ma­jor fire­power, the Ea­gles re­turn seven core se­niors with ex­pe­ri­ence, mixed with some young tal­ent.

Se­nior cap­tains Son­nia Moses (for­ward), Natalie Ju­moas (mid­field), Mikayla John­son (mid­field), Court­ney Moss (mid­field) and Kianna Webb (goal­keeper) all will pro­vide lead­er­ship in dif­fer­ent ways to help the Ea­gles in their quest for an­other strong fall.

“It is ex­cit­ing to start over and have one more try,” Moss said. “We are work­ing hard in prac­tice and we want that [state ti­tle ring]. It was tough to see the se­niors sea­son end like that last sea­son. It is a new sea­son and we are ready.”

Webb said that in­com­ing fresh­men Jor­dan Fel­ton (mid­field) and Ari Hawkins (de­fender) will also pro­vide an im­me­di­ate spark for the Ea­gles.

“We lost some tal­ent, but we also gained a lot also which will help us,” Moses said. “We have to go hard or go home this sea­son. If you are not go­ing 110 per­cent, you shouldn’t be on the field, so we are fol­low­ing that motto this year. We are go­ing to push and hope­fully get back to where we was last year.”

After a busy sum­mer, the Ea­gles have been hard at work with in­tense prac­tices that con­sist of fit­ness, agility and tech­ni­cal drills in prepa­ra­tion for the sea­son. And that cam­paign is sched­uled to start with a home match ver­sus Leonard­town, a fel­low 4A East Re­gion mem­ber, at 6 p.m. Tues­day.

“We have been play­ing soc­cer all sum­mer, so we are just main­tain­ing our fit­ness,” John­son said.

In 2016, North Point fin­ished 14-3-1 over­all and was 6-0 in the South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Po­tomac Divi­sion en route to its sec­ond straight divi­sion crown. The Ea­gles claimed their first re­gional cham­pi­onship in pro­gram his­tory after de­feat­ing Park­dale of Prince George’s County in the 4A South Re­gion cham­pi­onship game, 7-0, while earn­ing a share of the SMAC ti­tle after the fi­nal with North­ern ended in a score­less tie.

After start­ing the sea­son 0-2, the Ea­gles did not lose an­other game un­til reach­ing the state tour­na­ment’s fi­nal four.

“We have a lot of girls on this team that play year-round and that makes it eas­ier to coach,” Webb said. “We are try­ing to make this thing a tight-knit fam­ily, I want to change the cul­ture here. We want to make some noise mov­ing for­ward.”

STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MA­SON

North Point fresh­man Jor­dan Fel­ton, far right, pos­sesses the ball in a re­cent prac­tice and will play the mid­field po­si­tion for the girls soc­cer team.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY AJ MA­SON

Kiante Webb en­ters his sec­ond sea­son as the head coach of the North Point girls soc­cer team. Last sea­son, the Ea­gles fin­ished 143-1 over­all, 6-0 in the SMAC Po­tomac Divi­sion, ad­vanc­ing to the Class 4A state semi­fi­nal game while claim­ing their first-ever 4A South Re­gion ti­tle and win­ning a share of the SMAC ti­tle.

Son­nia Moses is one of seven re­turn­ing se­niors who will help lead the charge for the North Point girls soc­cer team en­ter­ing the 2017 sea­son.

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