MHS teams break even out of the gate

Panther boys split tourney games; Lady Panthers pull out win over Plano East

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Midlothian's Nathan Wagner (19) dribbles in traffic during a match against Red Oak last February. The Panthers opened the 2022 soccer season with a win, a loss and a draw.

HIGHLAND PARK — The first full week of the 2022 soccer season was a mixed bag for the Midlothian Panthers, with a win, a loss and a tie.

The Panthers started the Highland Park Tournament off with a 1-0 victory over Carrollton R.L. Turner on Thursday as sophomore Landon Exley scored on junior Jacob Lemarr’s assist. Leonel Cuellar Contreras and Caden Hyndman shared the clean sheet in goal.

On Friday, however, the tables were turned as Carrollton Newman Smith scored a second-half goal to hand MHS a 1-0 loss.

MHS opened its season last Monday with a 2-2 non-district draw at Terrell. Seniors Aidan Williams and Cerwin Bell scored a goal each and sophomore Caden Naizer added an assist.

The Panthers were scheduled for their first home game against Mansfield Timberview on Tuesday night at MISD Multipurpose Stadium, with the seniors to be recognized.

On Thursday, MHS will begin play in the Moritz Kia Tournament at Aledo, opening against Fort Worth South Hills at 3:30 p.m. Play continues through Saturday.

Lady Panthers go 2-2

HIGHLAND PARK — After opening the year last Monday with a rout of Terrell, the Midlothian Lady Panthers went 1-2 in the Highland Park Tournament, but salvaged a 2-1 win over Plano East on Saturday.

Taylor Thibodeau scored on an assist from Addi Ball, and Lexi Morris added the second goal on an assist from Riley Jackson.

On Thursday, the Lady Panthers suffered a 1-0 loss to Cedar Park to open the tournament, and came back Friday and was edged 3-2 by Rockwall. In Friday’s contest, Thibodeau had a goal and assist, while freshman Natalie Wagner connected on a goal and classmate Madison LaDart chipped in with an assist.

MHS officially lifted the lid on its 2022 season at Terrell, and out sprang a multitude of goals as the Lady Panthers rolled, 9-0.

Leading the way was sophomore Kennedy Husbands with four goals and an assist, while Ball added a brace and an assist. LaDart, Thibodeau and freshman Tatum Barnett scored a goal each, and senior Nevaeh Higgins and Wagner each had a pair of helpers. Landry Combs and Samantha Longoria shared the whitewash in goal.

The Lady Panthers (2-2) will play in the Aledo tournament starting with a game against Fort Worth Paschal at noon on Thursday at the Aledo ninth-grade field. They will also take on Fort Worth South Hills at noon on Friday at the same location, with Saturday’s opponent to be determined.