North Point girls soccer is extra motivated for 2017 season
North Point girls soccer extra motivated for 2017
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.”
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.
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.