Late season, friendlies between traditional powers are nothing new when it comes to soccer.
Saturday’s game between the Dominican and Northshore girls was one such game, but both teams showed they have plenty remaining for the playoffs.
Northshore got the upper hand this time, however, in beating Dominican 3-0 at Northshore. Dominican is ranked eighth in the most current LHSAA Division I power rankings. Northshore was 20th in the same list.
But rankings didn’t matter much Saturday, when both teams were attempting to figure where they stand heading into the playoffs.
Northshore looked especially good after shutting out Dominican. The Panthers outshot Dominican 11-4 in the match.
“Defense has been a strong point this year,” said senior goalie Jade Gallaher. “I think we can handle the shots as a team.”
Northshore junior Lizzie Doll was busy firing several shots at the Dominican defense throughout the afternoon. She scored in the 36th minute to make the score 1-0.
“This is good for power rankings, but we’ve progressed as a team, and connected more as a team,” Doll said. “It showed on the field.”
In the 10th minute, Northshore had a chance to take an even earlier lead when a penalty kick was called deep in the Dominican box. Doll took the shot, but her ball to the left of the net was saved. In the 24th minute, Haley St. Amant broke down the right sideline, but her clean shot at goal also was stopped.
In the 36th minute, the Panthers finally broke free when Doll streaked along the right side, and curled toward the Dominican box for a shot. The ball found its way to the bottom left corner, and Northshore went ahead 1-0.
That’s the way things were at the break. Northshore outshot Dominican 5-2 in the half.
Britney Bertram made the score 2-0 in the 52nd minute when she punched a shot into goal from about 20 yards away. Madeline Musselman scored again for Northshore (7-7-2) late in the game.
“I was happy with the way the team closed,” Northshore coach Nathan Beasley said. “I keep reminding (the team) it’s not who you play, but when you play them. At the beginning of the year, we struggled a little bit. But now we’ve finally started to click. Our record doesn’t stand to what we can do as a team.”
Dominican coach Al Silvas had similar thoughts, though his team fell to 8-10-5.
“This lets us know where we are,” Silvas said. “We have some work to do, but as long as we get it done by Feb. 2, (when the playoff brackets are announced) we should be OK.”