In a matchup of two of the state’s top-ranked Division I girls’ soccer teams, Dominican scored an early goal and made it hold up against Northshore.
Dominican got a goal from Gabby Burmaster in the 37th minute and defeated the Panthers 1-0 on a chilly evening Thursday at Pan American Stadium in New Orleans City Park.
The non-district win improved Dominican’s record to 10-3-6. Northshore, which defeated Dominican in a scrimmage earlier this season, fell to 7-3-2.
Dominican cracked the scoreboard just before halftime when Burmaster collected a rebound off a corner kick. She found her shot in the Northshore box and fired a ball toward the upper right corner. Her aim was true and the goal put Dominican ahead 1-0 heading into halftime.
That was all Dominican needed to hold off the Panthers.
“We have some really strong wings that make some phenomenal plays — and the midfielders, too,” Burmaster said. “The ball came to me, and I took the shot.”
The teams jockeyed for possession for most of the first half, with neither team really getting into a solid offensive rhythm. If there was any movement, however, it was coming from Dominican, which often was able to send players curling up the right sideline toward the Panthers’ goal.
Makalia Morel, Madison Stansberry, and Catie Cabes all took shots for Dominican in the first 25 minutes, but all were saved by Northshore goalie Jade Gallaher.
Dominican outshot Northshore 6-0 in the first half and 10-3 in the match.
Northshore increased the offensive pressure to open the second half, in large part by dropping Tuesday Jordan into the offense. The move helped the Panthers get off a pair of decent shots in the first 10 minutes of the half, but both were stopped by Dominican goalie Andrea McDonald. Northshore couldn’t find the goal, and Dominican sealed the win with tough defense late in the match.
The difference between first and second halves was noticeable, Northshore coach Jeff Dunlap said.
“We came out so flat in the first half,” he said. “They simply outplayed us in the first half. They’re a great team and are well coached. I think in the second half, we played very well, and the game was much more evenly played. We had opportunities, but we just came up a little bit short.”
Dominican coach Al Silvas said his players knew Thursday’s match would be closely played, and that the early attack on Northshore’s goal helped get his team into a good rhythm.
“We found some good holes in the first half,” Silvas said. “And then in the second half, they changed their game, which made us change it up a bit. We were able to adjust though.”