High School Soccer
Lady Vikings breeze to 7-1 win in title game rematch
by Doug Gorman
FAYETTEVILLE — If last year’s state champion- ship didn’t hint of a shift of power in talent heavy Region 4-AAAAA, North- gate’s girls soccer team proved it on Friday against rival Whitewater.
After dominating the Lady Vikings for years, including a victory in the 2010 Class AAAA semifinals, the tide firmly shifted in Northgate’s favor with a 7-1 victory.
In the rematch of last spring’s Class AAAAA title game won by Northgate, the Lady Vikings built a 5-0 lead at halftime and never looked back to remain undefeated.
Whitewater fell to 3-3-1 overall and 2-2 in area play.
Lily Barron was the offen- sive spark plug for Northgate (5-0, 5-0) scoring four goals. including three in the first half.
Her two shots on goal early set the tone for what would be a dominating offensive performance for Northgate, which began its scoring in the fourth minute on a goal by Cara Rhoad.
Ten minutes later, Barron heated up with her first goal of the night taking the pass from Reece Weaver.
It was then Weaver’s turn a few minutes later to give the Lady Vikings 3-0 lead.
The Lady Vikings struck again with three goals over the final 10 minutes of the first half.
Barron added two goals about six minutes part for a 5-0 lead at the half.
The Lady Vikings scored twice in the second half including a goal from Dallas Weaver..
The Lady Wildcats added their only goal a few minutes later when Payton Lee con- nected on a shot that barely made it into the net.
Mattea Lewis made sev- eral key saves in the goal for the Lady Vikings.
Northgate has allowed just three goals all season.
“I think we were a little nervous at first,” said head coach Bryan Hicks. “We really wanted this game. Once we started settling down tonight, we were in control.”