The North Platte High School boys' soccer team scored both of its goals in the first half on Tuesday to beat Norfolk 2-1 at Madison Middle School."It was a good win to build momentum heading into districts next week," NPHS coach Danny Whitney said. "It was a good effort. We were getting opportunities and we got the two we needed."
The Bulldogs (8-6) went up in the eighth minute when Ryan LeTourneau scored from in close.
With five minutes left in the first half, North Platte added to the lead when Aroque Bryant made a run to the left of the goal. His high-arcing shot went over Norfolk goalie Nate Broders but fell just short of the goal. But Caden Comer was there to knock the ball in to make it 2-0.
"We wanted to apply pressure from the start and try to get balls into the box," Whitney said. "Those goals were a result of us continuing to put pressure on them and create plays."
In the second half, the Panthers got the goal they needed to move within striking distance. But the Dawgs held on to get the win.
"We did a good job of defending," Whitney said. "We gave them little space to create anything. Even after they scored, we continued to do a good job of playing defense."
Lady Dawgs fall to Panthers
The game on the other soccer field at Madison played out the same way, except the North Platte girls were on the short end of a 2-1 defeat.
Norfolk (11-5) scored the first two goals in the first half with Alex Ruth and Hallie Hutchison scoring for the Panthers.
The Lady Dawgs (6-9) got on the board in the second half when Mei Hou scored. But they couldn't tie the game and Norfolk came away with the win.