Early onslaught lifts North over Panthers

HOWARDS GROVE – A strong start fueled Sheboygan North’s 4-1 girls soccer win over the Plymouth Panthers Thursday night at Lakeland University.

The nonconference victory upped the Golden Raiders’ record to 2-0 while the Panthers slipped to 1-1.

North built a 3-0 lead only 16 minutes into the match on goals by Maggie Mueller, McKayla Kertscher and Kylie Gierach, respectively.

Kertscher’s second goal, which came in the 47th minute, pushed North’s lead to 4-0.

Senior forward Sydney Robinson kicked the Panthers’ goal which came in the 76th minute, assisted by freshman midfielder/ forward Maggie Munson.

“North came out fast, aggressive and with outstanding touch. We knew that they were going to come out that way but we couldn’t counter their play,” said Panther head coach Brad Feick.

“We got stuck clearing or sending balls into spaces instead of working possession. Defensively, we shifted horizontally but failed to mark or apply quick pressure. That allowed North to find passing lanes and play balls into dangerous scoring positions.

“We were also stuck on our half – unable to connect or apply any pressure by getting the ball forward.”

The Golden Raiders held an impressive 11-1 lead in shots on goal. PHS goalkeeper Sam Meyer made seven saves.

“Games like these show us where we need to improve and help develop mental and physical toughness for future games,” said Feick.

“Sheboygan North is a very strong team. They should do very well this season going forward.”

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