Panthers News · Panthers soccer team wins first district game in seven years

The Portland boys soccer team won its first district game in seven years with a 1-0 win over Macon County last Tuesday.

Zach Meador scored the only goal in the game.

Portland coach Tanner Nelson said it was a great win for his program.

“The game against Macon County was tight the whole way,” he said. “We had to play a complete team game and our goal came from a wonderstrike from our right back, Zach Meador, late in the game. Even after that, our keeper, Dom Rush had to make an incredible full-stretch save and the team clear it out of our box.

“The last minutes were crazy and the crowd got as loud as I’d heard in quite a while. It was awesome for the guys to get a deserved first district win in seven years.”

In the JV game against Macon County the Panthers won, 3-0, behind goals from Elias Andres, Dawson Kennedy and Jose Amaya.

Earlier in the week the Panthers dropped a 1-0 battle to Watertown. However, the JV was victorious again, this time 6-1. Portland goals were scored by Frank Gaspar (2), Kennedy, Michael Whitson, Andres and Kevin Picado.

Last Thursday the Panthers led Northeast at halftime but gave up three goals in the second half in a 3-1 loss.

Garrett Bates scored for Portland.

“The game started well and we led at halftime, we just didn’t show the same intensity they did in the second half and lost,” said Nelson. “We have a young team and that was a lesson they had to go through. They’ve learned and improved so much in the past year. That result will help us for the rest of the season.”

The Panthers are now 2-3-1 overall and 1-1 in district play. Portland will next play district matches at White House Heritage on April 2 and then host Springfield on April 4.