Panthers reclaim sectional title from Lancers

LAKEVILLE — The Panthers needed just one goal Saturday to reclaim their title.
Eduardo Salinas scored a clean-up goal less than seven minutes in, and the NorthWood defense made the lone strike stand up as the Panthers unseated last year’s champion LaVille 1-0 in the LaVille Boys Soccer Sectional championship game to restore themselves as sectional titleholders Saturday at Newton Park.
“It was a hard-fought game,” said NorthWood boys soccer head coach Brad Duerksen. “LaVille’s a solid soccer team, give them a lot of good credit. They played hard, and we were lucky to put one in early and we were able to hold on.”
“We had a ton of opportunities,” said LaVille head coach Kevin Christy. “We had a lot of pressure from their defense a lot of the day, and we put a lot of good pressure on them for the most part with the shots. What are you going to do? Sometimes they go in, sometimes they don’t.