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Upstart Wolfpack set sights on region title
by E. Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
March 26, 2014 11:26 AM | 924 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / E. Marcel Pourtout<br>From left, senior Justin Stewart and junior Matthew McWhorter before practice last Thursday at the school in Dallas.
Staff / E. Marcel Pourtout
From left, senior Justin Stewart and junior Matthew McWhorter before practice last Thursday at the school in Dallas.
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Under third-year head coach Steven Hanft, the North Paulding boys’ soccer team has seen a steady improvement from posting a losing record in region contests in 2012 to seven region wins and an appearance in the Class 5A playoffs last season.

This season, the Wolfpack look primed for an even mark with four wins in its first six region contests and firmly entrenched in a battle for the championship.

“Our midfielders have played well, the forwards have been finishing opportunities at goal and I’m happy with our play, which has been an improvement from years past,” Hanft said at practice last Thursday.

Senior captain Mason Adams had led a defensive unit that has allowed two or fewer goals in every contest except one this season and posted two shutouts.

The Wolfpack offense has been prolific this season, averaging more than three goals a contest and avoided being shut out. The veteran midfield unit, including senior Justin Stewart and junior Matthew McWhorter, has been a major contributor to the team’s attack.

“Justin and Matthew are team captains who lead the team by example and help control the middle of the field by shutting down the other team’s attack while getting our offense going.” Hanft said.

Senior Alex Redd and junior Callum Lees have each scored three goals in a single contest this season for the Wolfpack pacing the forwards unit.

“We’ve worked together as a team, setting our goals early in the season and getting after them while staying focused,” McWorter said.

North Paulding faces Allatoona this Thursday to determine the Region 5-AAAAA champion and represents the overall improvement of the program.

“Our team has gotten better about working together on the field especially in the midfield where we’ve been able to control the ball and keep it on the ground to control possession,” Hanft said. “We now control our destiny to win a region championship.”

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