Northshore 2, Mandeville 1
At Northshore High School, Friday (Jan. 12), District 4-I Match
Records: Mandeville, 18-4-0, 2-1-0; Northshore, 8-3-5, 2-1-0.
SCORE BY HALVES
Mandeville – 0 | 1 | 1
Northshore – 0 | 2 | 2
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Jordan Grigsby, Northshore
The sophomore anchored the Panthers backline that came up with several stops against a potent Mandeville attack. It was that steady presence in the back end that allowed Northshore to rally after falling behind in the second half.
HOW IT WAS WON
Northshore is known for being efficient on set pieces, and that was the case again.
After a scoreless first half, Mandeville took the lead off a corner kick as the Panthers couldn’t clear the ball, and Maleah Haley was able to put the loose ball in the back of the net for a 1-0 lead in the 52nd minute.
That adversity seemed to ignite the Panthers as the home team scored twice off set pieces to turn the match around.
The equalizer came in the 58th minute off a long throw in from Northshore that landed in the box. The Skippers couldn’t clear it, and SJ Mull flicked it home to tie the match.
Just 11 minutes later, Northshore scored the game-winner off a header by Britney Bertram, courtesy of a Mull corner. It was the Panthers second straight corner.
NOTABLE & STATS
- The Skippers nearly regained the lead in the 64th minute as a powerful shot by Macayla Bass was saved by a diving Grace Murders.
- Mandeville had the wind in the first half as the temperature dropped steadily from the 42 degrees registered at the start.
- The Skippers came into the match on a 6-match winning streak.
- Mandeville is ranked No. 5 in the latest LHSAA Division I Power Rankings while Northshore is 11th.
THEY SAID IT
Northshore’s Britney Bertram: “It’s an amazing feeling (to score the game-winner), but it wasn’t just me, it was the whole team. Everyone deserved that goal, not me. It was a total team effort tonight.”
Panther’s defender Jordan Grigsby: “We were just strong throughout today. Our midfielders helped us out a lot today. It was a good team performance. The first goal really helped motivate us at the end. This is a good win.”
Northshore coach Nathan Beasley: “We have now come back in at least seven games where we let the first goal in. It speaks to the character of the team that we have. We work on set pieces a lot, and it paid off today. “
Mandeville coach Sean Esker: “We caused ourselves some trouble with bad clearances. We didn’t clear a ball effectively to set up the corner kick. They got the match they wanted on a sloppy field, where it would come down to a set play rather than other things. But credit to them, they were able to finish their chances, and we left some out there.”
NEXT UP: Mandeville will continue district play Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. with a home match against Slidell while Northshore will host Country Day on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
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