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In the soccer version of the Cross Town Showdown, North Lamar came up short against Paris, 4-2. It was a different North Lamar team, however, from the first time these teams squared off in the Kings Trophy Tourney. The Panthers put more pressure on the Paris side of the field and kept the intensity up through out the whole game.
Head Coach Lance Johnson, still getting over the flu, was proud of the way the Panthers performed. “They made a valiant effort. They played with class and spirit. We let them know we came to play soccer.”
The first North Lamar goal came on a cross from Jake Roberson that was shot to the back of the net by Sam Erickson. The second goal came from Nathan Aultman on a penalty kick. Defensive standouts were Preston Waters, Chance Kent and Nathan Aultman. In his second goal appearance, Tyler Henderson, kept the Panthers in the game.
“I am glad we stepped up tonight. The whole team stepped up. We may not have the winning record, but our boys played hard. I am excited to start district this way,” commented Coach Johnson.
North Lamar Junior Varity played to a 5-1 loss to the Paris Junior Varsity. Ethan Flippen scored on a penalty kick for the Panthers. The JV Panthers had a full bench and played tough thru out.
“It is never easy to lose to the guys you grew up with, go to church with or work beside, but I am here to say we played with more discipline and character. To me that is where is counts,” said Coach Mark Caldwell.
The Panthers will be traveling to Princeton on Saturday, Feb. 16th to play their second of eight district games.