High School Soccer

Lady Vikings breeze to 7-1 win in title game rematch

by Doug Gorman

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Northgate sophomore Lily Barron dribbles past a Whitewater defender en route to scoring one of her team- high four goals during a 7-1 rout of the Lady Wildcats in a rematch of last year’s GHSA Class AAAAA championship game. The win kept the Lady Vikings undefeated at 5-0 both overall and in 4-AAAAA play heading into next week. 


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.”



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