Northshore boys soccer pushes into state quarters

Northshore's Andrew Stein (14) tries to push the ball past Alec Snell (5), of Dutchtown, in Division I regional boys soccer action in Slidell on Feb. 8.

Exacting some revenge from an earlier season loss, the No. 8 Northshore Panthers advanced to state quarterfinals for the first time since 2006 after a 2-0 defeat of No. 9 Dutchtown in the 2017 LHSAA Division I boys soccer regional round on Feb. 8 in Slidell

The Griffins, who had defeated Northshore 2-0 back on Dec. 29, wrap up its season at 16-3-1.

A back-and-forth affair for the entire first half and the first 30 minutes of the second half, both teams had their fair share of chances to score.

Northshore finally took advantage in the 73rd minute when Keasler Burriss headed in a throw from Andrew Stein to put the Panthers in front 1-0.

“I was just told to get up there and get a goal,” Burriss said. “Honestly, Andrew Stein did most of the work. He pretty much threw it straight to me. All I had to do was just knock it in.

“I was told to go to the front post and I have done this enough times to know where I am going out there on the field. When I saw the ball, I just watched it to my head and knocked it in.”

Jean Rojas added an insurance goal in stoppage time to send the Panthers to the state quarterfinals, a feat that hasn’t happened in over a decade.

“It’s a surreal feeling,” Burriss said. “It means a lot. This is a great team and one of the best we have had at this school in a very long time. If we continue to do our jobs and play hard, hopefully, we can go even further than the state quarterfinals.”

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