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North Johnston cruises to 4-0 win over North Lenoir

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By Laieke Abebe

WJGSPORTS Contributor

North Johnston’s boys soccer team started fast and never looked back in their away match against North Lenoir.

The Panthers (3-4-1) came away with four first-half goals en route to a 4-0 shutout win over the Hawks (2-2-1) on Wednesday night. This comes after they earned a 2-2 draw against defending 2-A state champion Clinton. 

“We started off slow this season,” Panthers head coach Winston Pennington said, “but we’ve been better in every game. Our formation has changed throughout the year and we tried some new things today that we need for later in the season. We passed the ball a lot better, attacked a lot more, and possessed the ball well.”

Four different players got on the scoresheet for the Panthers: Dylan Pitts, Andrew Stancil, Jose Arteaga, and a penalty goal from Tihago Uhalde. Graham Walston, Ty Narron and Justin Richardson each picked up an assist for North Johnston.

“We have the quality to win a lot of games,” Pennington added. “My team is going to face a lot of challenges and we’re going to have to compete for the results we want. I think we’ve played some excellent competition and that will help us for the conference schedule and the state playoffs. There are a lot of goals that we have for this year and we’re capable of having a great season.”

The Panthers will host Carrboro in their next matchup on Thursday back at home. 

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