Junior Britney Bertram’s header off a S.J. Mull header in the 68th minute proved to be the game-winner for Northshore in a 2-1 win over Mandeville on Friday night at Northshore in Slidell.
“We prepared hard for this week,” Mull said. “We knew Mandeville was going to come out strong, especially in these conditions. Throughout this week in practice, the coaching staff really stressed possession of the ball and moving it down the field. Couple that with a really good defensive effort and I thought this was a really good win for us.”
With the win the Panthers improve to 8-3-5 and 2-1 in Division I, District 4. Mandeville dropped to 18-4 overall and suffered its first loss in league play (2-1).
In the most recent LHSAA Division I girls power rankings, Mandeville was ranked fifth, and Northshore was No. 11. The website MaxPreps has the Skippers ranked No. 11 nationally, while the Panthers are No. 86.
After a scoreless first half, Mandeville took a 1-0 lead on a goal by junior Maleah Haley in the 52nd minute.
Northshore answered in the 59th minute when Mull emerged from a crowded bunch in front of the goal to find the back of the net, tying the match 1-1.
“The ball was just bouncing around, and once I could get a good foot on it, I did what I had to do,” Mull said.
Less than 10 minutes later Mull’s right foot led to another goal when her corner kick found Bertman’s head to put the Panthers in front for good 2-1.
“On corner kicks it is always a play call,” Mull said. “Corners are very important to us, especially on our field because of how narrow it is. Whenever I strike the ball, I’m always looking for someone’s head to try to get it close to. On (the corner that scored) I felt I had struck it well and it had a chance. Britney did her job and got out of here with a win.”
Both teams return home Tuesday as Mandeville plays district opponent Slidell, and Northshore hosts Country Day.