Princeton holds off furious NJ rally

Princeton’s Veronica Blackman shields the ball from North Johnston’s Olivia Hill in the Bulldogs’ thrilling 6-5 win over the Panthers. (Michael Held photo)


Sports editor

PRINCETON—Heading into the season full of promise and boasting many experienced players on both rosters, the North Johnston and Princeton girls soccer teams met last Wednesday night in what turned out to be a highly entertaining, back-and-forth affair.

Princeton held a three-goal lead at halftime and managed to hold on to the wild 6-5 victory as the Bulldogs survived the Panthers’ five-goal outburst in the second half.

Barrett Davis tallied four goals in the second half to get the Panthers back into the game after falling behind 4-0 after an Esbeydy Bautista goal in the 44th minute.

Davis scored off of a long throw-in from Olivia Hill in the 67th minute and then brought the Panthers to within a goal in the 70th minute after collecting a ball from Melanie Barbee and finding the corner of the net.

North Johnston had one great chance to tie the game with just over five minutes remaining when Maira Teruel had a point blank shot but the Bulldogs’ Emily Rubio tipped the ball off the crossbar before her defense managed to clear the ball away.

“We knew this was going to be a close game from the get-go judging by who they had returning and who we had returning,” said Princeton coach Thomas Pilkington. “We knew the first half was not indicative to how the game was going to go. We knew we were going to get a rush and fortunately the ball bounced our way and hit the post.

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