Tuesday’s win meant a lot for the Lady Bulldogs.
North Platte dominated Norfolk in a 5-0 win at Madison Middle School on Tuesday. North Platte improved to 10-2 on the season and should have locked up hosting a district tournament beginning on Monday.
“We will be hosting the A-4 District Tournament beginning on Monday,” said North Platte head coach Sarah Kaminski. “It’s a big deal for us.”
The Lady Bulldogs entered play on Tuesday fourth in points in Class A. With a dominating win over the Lady Panthers — who entered the game eighth in points — it cements the Lady Bulldogs position.
“We will play the 4 p.m. game and the second game on Monday will be at 6,” Kaminski said. “We don’t know what teams will be coming yet, but we’re excited.”
North Platte dominated the Lady Panthers from the start on Tuesday. With chilly temperatures and a strong wind from the north, the Lady Bulldogs recorded 15 shots on goal in the first half, scoring on three of them.
North Platte continued to dominate in the second half, but going against the wind, the numbers of shots on goal dropped some. The Lady Bulldogs did score twice in the second half.
“That’s the mark of a good team,” Kaminski said. “These girls play as a team, the communicate, they work hard and they dominated because they are a team.
“We really played well today.”
Kaminski thanked the team for getting the seniors a victory on their final game at Madison Middle School.
“This is the last time they will play on this field,” the coach said. “We play Scottsbluff on Friday at the high school and we will host the district tournament, but this was their last one at Madison.”
Senior Kaycee Lewis scored the second and fourth goals of the day for North Platte. Maggie Bianco scored the first goal of the day, while Morgan Hansen got the third goal and Alex Neff scored the fifth goal.
On the last score of the game, Bianco fired at the goal, but was stopped by Norfolk goalie Bethannie Buckels, who couldn’t control the ball. Neff saw Buckels drop the ball and fired one right past the goalie for the score.
Kaminski said the Lady Bulldogs have grown from last season.
“These girls have grown so much,” the coach said. “They pull for each other, they encourage each other and they have accepted that to play as a team, they have to perform and be a team.
“We don’t have the drama and infighting some teams might. These girls have all bought in to the team concept and it’s what is carrying up forward this year.”
The Lady Bulldogs will host Scottsbluff on Friday at 6 p.m. in the final regular season game of the season.