Prep Soccer: Panthers drop match to Vikings
The first meeting between the Ledford Panthers and North Forsyth Vikings began with a flourish by the home team and ended with the visitors’ rally falling short as the Vikings held on for the win.
Wednesday’s contest was not quite so dramatic, but ended in a similar fashion, with Ledford’s attempts at a comeback thwarted by goalkeeper Aylin Sandoval, who preserved a 2-0 victory for North.
“I think we started out flat,” Panthers coach Meaghan Wesley said. “We came out flat and ran a formation that was a bit on the defensive side. I made a couple changes in the second half, and I just told the girls we’ve got to play hard. It’s passion. After I switched the formation, out intensity picked up. But we just have to want to win.”
Taylor Hill netted a pair of goals, the first of which came in the 30th minute to give the Vikings (3-5, 2-3 Mid-Piedmont 3-A) the only advantage it would to stave off a renewed Ledford attack. The Panthers (2-7, 2-3 MPC 3-A) launched 10 shots on goal in the second half of play, but failed to blemish a flawless performance by Sandoval.
Allie Fischer had the best shot at breaking up the shutout, but her attempt in the 82nd minute, which sent Sandoval scrambling to make an acrobatic stop, fell just shy of the crease.
“In the second half, we just starting stepping to the ball more,” Fischer said. “We were talking more, working together. In the first half, we were just a bit hesitant to step to the ball. In the second half, we wanted it.”
Unfortunately for the Panthers, they ran out of time to continue their onslaught. Digging themselves a hole before intermission and allowing a second goal to Hill coming out of the break was a 10-minute lapse from which they could not recover.
“They kept pressuring, they kept attacking,” Wesley said. “We just have to be able to give it right back and get the ball in the net. We have to keep working on finishing.”