Kingwood Park Blows Past Crosby
3/7/2015 7:09 PM

The Kingwood Park Lady Panthers remain unbeaten in District 21-5A play following a 7-1 victory over visiting Crosby Friday night.

Junior midfielder Kobi McNutt notched four goals and an assist in the contest, earning a hat trick in the first half.

“(McNutt)’s distributing the ball and creating plays for others and also making space for herself and she knows what to do with the ball,” Kingwood Park head girls soccer coach Jess White said.

Kingwood Park got on the score board in the 15th minute when McNutt bent a set piece into the top right corner. Two minutes later, junior forward Mackenzie Lee lobbed a shot over Crosby’s goalkeeper to make it 2-0 at the 23:45 mark in the first half.

In the 20th minute, McNutt nearly scored again, when her set piece from just outside the left corner of the 18-yard box struck the crossbar and ricocheted down inches from the goal line. Sophomore Maddie Guerra headed in the rebound in the fray.

McNutt added two more goals before the half was through – one on a settle-and-strike near the penalty kick line on a cross sent in from Lee and the other on a set piece on which Crosby failed to set up a wall.

By halftime, it was 5-0, Lady Panther favor.

“We’re trying to finish on a strong note,” White said. “Our schedule is so spread out that we want to maintain chemistry and conditioning all at the same time. It’s important that we focus on each individual opponent and not take anything for granted.”

Crosby’s Kailey Fuchs put the Lady Cougars on the scoreboard in the 53rd on a breakaway that left her one-on-one with Kingwood Park goalkeeper Emma Pinkerton.

McNutt tacked her fourth goal of the night and 19th goal of the season in the 68th minute.

Senior Lady Panther Darby Roach capped the scoring on Kingwood Park’s senior night by heading in a corner in the 70th to the applause of her teammates.

“That was great,” White said. “Everybody was really happy for her. She plays defense, so she doesn’t get that opportunity that much so everybody was really excited. It was very well deserved.”

The Lady Panthers will play at Porter and at Atascocita before entering the postseason.

“I think there’s always some areas that you can continue to improve in, but there has been steady growth as far as ball movement, communication on the field and we have to continue to take steps in that direction, whether it’s a freshman, junior, senior or whatever so that we can be where we want to be in the postseason.”

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