NPHS Lady Wolfpack: 2013 Game by Game

Wednesday, April 3
Lady Wolfpack Defeats Crosstown Rival East Paulding and finishes Region Play Undefeated!

The Lady Wolfpack Soccer Team defeated cross town rival East Paulding 2-0 last night. Goal scorers for the night were Rachel Hybart and Hannah Olsen. The Wolfpack dominated play pressing hard with relentless attacking led by Sydney David, Emily Ratke, Matilda Erickson, Hybart and Olsen. With the victory the Lady Wolfpack protected their #2 State Ranking and finished region play with an undefeated 10-0 record. They are 11-0-2 for the season and have shut teams out from scoring PROTECTING THE ZERO 12 out of their 13 games played. Only one team has managed a goal in the regular season against the Lady Wolfpack. The Rock solid defense of Brooke Szoch, Natalie Helbling, Bailey Brown, Avery Heid and goal keeper Maslyn Greene combined with hard fighting defensive midfielders Ashton Zaluski and Hannah Olsen refuse to allow attacking opponents any opportunities to score on the Lady Wolfpack goal.

WAY TO GO LADY WOLFPACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, March 18
North Paulding Lady Wolfpack Defeats Physical Sprayberry Hornets!

The North Paulding Wolfpack traveled to Sprayberry on Friday for a non region matchup with the Hornets. This game can be summarized in one word, physical. In the first half the Pack continued their recent style of play by holding the ball for the majority of the half and forcing Sprayberry to defend with all they had to prevent the game from getting away from them. The Pack got on the board mid way through the first half when Senior Sydney David was able to break through and place the ball in the back of the net. A great ball from Senior Ashton Zaluski set the score up.

It was obvious that at the half the only plan that Sprayberry could come up with was to get extremely physical and try and get the Pack out of their game. This plan did not work out from them due to the remarkable half that was played by the Pack back line. Lead by the leadership of two captains Seniors Natalie Helbing and Brooke Szoch the back line was stellar. Junior Bailey Brown and Sophomore Avery Heid made up the rest of the defensive front for the Pack and they were able to stop every Sprayberry charge.

This win sets up a Region matchup that will determine the leader if the Region as the Pack welcomes in Villa Rica on Tuesday night. The Pack needs your support so please try and do all you can to come out and support the Ladies.

Saturday, March 16
Pack Welcomes and Defeats AAA State Champs Allatoona Buccaneers

The Pack welcomed in rival and last year’s AAA State Champs Allatoona Buccaneers on Wednesday night . With this being Allatoona’s first year in Region 5 AAAAA we wanted to welcome them to the Den for Region play the right way and were able to do so by defeating them 3-0. Coach Sullivan brought his Lady Wolfpack into this game undefeated in region play and looking to try and get a step up on the rest of the teams battling for a top 4 finish and playoff berth.

The first half was back and forth with the Pack controlling the ball 60% of the time. They continued to work on their possession and at times where able to move the ball in and out with great accuracy. The game was broke wide open when Allatoona fouled a Pack player 35 yards out. With the Keeper playing a little off her line Sophomore Avery Heid made here pay for it with a great chip shot over her out reached hands. The half ended on with NPHS up 1-0.

The scoring continued 22 minutes into the second half when Senior Sydney David scored her first goal of the season in incredible fashion with a rocket shot in the side netting. She would then, with 6 minutes left in the game play a huge role in the third and final goal with a wonderful cross that found the foot of Junior Emily Ratke who placed in the back of the net. In a game that is full of offensive success the real win belongs to Senior Keeper Maslyn Greene who racked up 7 saves and in the 29th minute with the score at 1-0 she came out of her shoes to deflect a shot that was headed to the back of the net in the far post.

Wednesday, March 13
Pack Holds Possession and Defeats Paulding Patriots!

The North Paulding Wolfpack traveled to face the Paulding County Patriots on Tuesday night for a Region 5 match up. The Pack was looking to continue on the work they have been doing to get better at holding possession and controlling the speed of play and the did so in this match up. The Pack was able to hold possession for 95% of the game and create 48 shooting opportunities. Of the 48 opportunities they were able to capitalize on 7 of them and leave PCHS 7-0 winners. The Pack defense was able to do their part holding the ball on the offensive half and allowing 0 shots for the 4-2-0 Patriots.

The scoring in this game came for the foot and crafty play of Sophomore Brooke Olschewske who earned a hat trick with 3 very good goals. Brooke was a huge asset to the Pack as she was able to generate attack and give the Pack a great spark coming from the Mid-Field. Senior Rachel Hybart was able to keep her unbelievable form up as she netted 2 goals and has now taking sole position of the leading goal scorer for the Pack on the season with 6. Sophomore Hannah Olsen and Junior Emily Ratke added one each and rounded out the scoring for the Wolfpack.

This sets up a showdown with the Altoona Buccaneers tonight at the Den. With a win tonight the Pack could take a major foothold of the region as Altoona was upset last night by Woodland High School 1-0. You can bet that the two schools that are separated by less than 10 miles will put on a show of epic proportion as they both understand what is at stake. For Altoona they are trying to maintain a standing in the Region and hope to make sure to seal there spot in the GHSA Playoffs. For the Pack, they know that with a win tonight a regional Championship could be in the cards with the rest of the games being against teams we have had great luck with in the past. Come out tonight and support the Pack!!

Wednesday, March 13
Pack Dominates Rome Wolves

The North Paulding Wolfpack welcomed into the Den the undefeated Rome Wolves . In a game that saw the pack dominate the possession of the ball the scoring started from Senior Rachel Hybart as she scored a very opportunistic goal on a chance that she created and was able to place the ball in the back of the net from her left mid field position. This would be goal #4 for Rachel that currently has her tied for the team lead.

The next goal would be the second of the season for Junior Hannah Easterwood who was able to outrun the entire Rome team to the ball and set up a 1v1 against the Rome keeper. In what looked like a blast from the past and with her older sister Maddi in the stands, Hannah beat the keeper and was able to roll the ball into the far netting to give the Wolfpack a 2-0 lead and seal the game for the Pack.

The Girls are ready for tonight’s game that has them traveling to play 4-1-0 Paulding County at 7pm. The Pack is going to have to work hard to stay focused on the task at hand since the rain has caused a postponement in the game between NPHS and Altoona who is fresh off of last year’s AAA State Title. Please come out and support the Pack and let’s make the move to secure the top of the Region in this weeks two key matchups in Region play!

The JV Report!!!!

The Junior Varsity Lady Wolfpack welcomed the Rome Wolves into The Den on Friday night. The Lady Wolfpack only started and played with ten players, yet managed to dominate play from start to finish. The North Paulding defensive midfield and backline would not allow the Wolves of Rome to present any true scoring threat. The Pack attack was led by Erin Stitt who scored a hat trick. Taylor Davis scored two goals off her head from corners played in. Lexi Smith tallied the final goal for the Lady Wolfpack. The Junior Varsity Lady Wolfpack looks to continue their undefeated season as they travel to Paulding County for their first road game on Tuesday. 


Tuesday, March 12
Lady Wolfpack Defeats Lithia Springs 11-0

The North Paulding Wolfpack went in to Lithia Springs on Wednesday looking to try and get some goals as they approach two very tough opponents. In a season that has seen the Wolfpack take 132 shots on goal in just 4 games and only net 21 goals the Pack was ready to see some better luck in getting the ball in goal. Those hopes became reality as the Pack was able to score 11 goals in the first half on 30 shots. The game was called at half and the Pack rewarded their faithful fan following that braved the conditions to watch their team take the field by getting them out before it was too cold to bare.

The scoring was lead by Junior Emily Ratke and Senior Tilly Eriksen with two goals each. Also cashing in on the night was Freshman Dee Beckford with her first High School goal and another solid varsity showing. Sophomore’s Hannah Olsen and Avery Heid, Junior’s Erin Stitt and Hannah Easterwood, and Seniors Ashton Zaluski and Rachel Hybart all added one goal apiece to round out the Wolfpack scoring.

As we round out the first four games of the season here are the leaders for the pack: Minutes: (337) Senior Brooke Szoch

Shots: (26) Junior Emily Ratke

Goals: (Three Tied at 4) Senior Tilly Eriksen, Junior Emily Ratke, and Sophomore Hannah Olsen

Assist: (3) Erin Stitt

Saves: (19) Maslyn Greene

The next two games for the Pack very well could be the most important of the season as we take on Rome who is currently leading the region and has yet to be defeated on Friday and then match up with last year’s AAA state champs and new regional foe Altoona. Come out and support the pack as we push forward into the thick of the Region and try and continue on their current form.

Monday, March 4
Wolfpack First Region Game and First Region Win against the New Manchester Jaguars

On Thursday night the Lady Wolfpack matched up with the Jaguars of New Manchester High School. This was a one sided game from the start to finish. It was a game that allowed Coach Sullivan to give many of his starters a chance to get a little rest and for some of the JV players to get some time on the field in a Varsity atmosphere. The game saw a total of 22 Wolfpack players take the field and 56 shots by 12 different players. The scoring started early and continued through the game as the Pack secured their first win of the season 7-1.

The star of the night, although there were many, was Hannah Olsen who was able to net 3 goals and 1 assist after racking up 10 shots. Senior Rachel Hybart was able to net 2 goals, Senior Tilley Eriksen netted 1 goal and 2 assist and Junior Lexi Smith had 1 goal as well. Senior Sydney David and Junior Erin Stitt both had an assist to round out the night for the Pack.

The Pack’s next game will be at Lithia Springs on Tuesday evening. This will have the Pack looking to add to this win and get themselves to 2-0 in Region play.

Friday, March 1
Lady Wolfpack Remains Undefeated!
On Wednesday night the Lady Wolfpack team was back to playing soccer after the recent rains and the Winter break had kept them off the fields for over a week. As the game began the Wolfpack came out and looked a little sluggish but within minutes there form was back and they began to play the possession style soccer they had been playing prior to the time off. The first half was dominated by the Pack and the only thing that they could not do was get the ball into the back of the net. This would continue into the second half and the game would end at 0-0. In the end the Pack dominated the possession of the ball holding it for 90% of the game and where able to put 25 shots on goal but just could not find the back of the net.

Wednesday, February 15
2 Lady Wolfpack Wins In Season Opener Against Hiram Hornets

Last night the Lady Wolfpack opened their season with a Conference game against the Hiram Hornets. The scoring was started by Junior Sydney David in the 20th minute with a grat shot in the back of the net off of a corner kick from Junior Ashton Zaluski to give the Wolfpack a 1-0 lead going into the half.  At half Coach Sullivan told his young team that he needed more out of them and boy did he ever get it in the second half.  
Coming out of the half the Wolfpack controlled the ball and distributed it well which lead to 2 quick goals from Sydney David to complete the hat trick and lead the Wolfpack to a 3-0 lead early in the second half.  
With the game well in hand the Wolfpack was able to open up their offense and net 4 more goals before the final whistle sounded.  Freshman Avery Heid was able to score from risht back on a great feed from Senior Mid-Fielder Shannon Lees and Junior Center Back Brooke Szoch was able to add to the total off of another Ashton Zaluski corner kick.  
This would cap off a great night for the Wolfpack back line. Junior keeper Maslyn Green was never even challenged in the second half, due to great defensive play from Bailey Brown, Brooke Szoch, Avery Heid and Natalie Helbling.  Not only did the defensive unit keep the attacking pressure off of their keeper but they also were able to keep the mental pressure off of her by adding two goals to the total.
Sophomore Emily Ratke was able to add two goals as well giving the Wolfpack a stellar win in a lopsided game that ended 7-0. The Senior leadership was never more evident than in this game as mid-fielders Shannon Lees, Elana Newman, and Forward Madie Easterwood lead their team to a great win. 
The Junior Varsity Wolfpack kicked off their season last night at Hiram with a 10-0 mercy rule victory! It was a dominant team effort.  The Pack attack was led by Erin Stitt with 4 goals.  Brooke Olschewski tallied 2 goals while Taylor Sullivan, Haley Eckert, Emily Conaster and Courtnie Adams each added one goal a piece.  The Junior Varsity Lady Wolfpack's home opener is verse Pope on February 28th.  Come Back the Pack!  

Monday, February 20
Lady Wolfpack Shut Down the Lithia Springs Lions
The Lady Wolfpack was back in action on Friday Night at the Lion's Den in Lithia Springs. This was a game that the Wolfpack was in control of for the entire game.  The final score was 10-0 and the game lasted only 50 minutes.
Junior Mid-Fielder Sydney David kept the hot streak alive with another multiple goal scoring game as she was able to ne 2 goals coming off of the hat trick performance on Tuesday against Hiram.  Junior Brooke Szoch added a goal to her total as well with a great goal that was delivered too her form a corner kick from Junior Ashton Zaluski.  This would be the 2nd time this week that these two were able to get the ball in the back of the net from the corner.  
As good as these two Upper Classmen were and on a night that saw Senior Shannon Lees be unavailable due to a trip to Austrailia and an early injury to Senior Mid-Fielder Elana Newman, this night belonged to trio of underclassmen who scored 5 of the 10 goals of the night.  
The scoring from this group was started by a diving header by Freshmen Mid Fielder Taylor Davis.  Not long after that the Freshman had another opportunity and was able to rocket a ball in the back of the net. Not to be over done by the performance of one Freshman, Taylor Mancini a Freshman herself, was able to score on two very nice goals.  Emily Ratke a Sophomore Mid-Fielder and the elder of the trio was able to bin in all the right places at all the right times and was a great leader of the mid-field with the absence of Shannon Lees and the injury to Elana Newman.  Emily was also successful with scoring one goal on five very good shots.  
Add in an early goal from Senior leader Madi Easterwood and the game was at 9-0 before the sunset.  With the Wolfpack having a large lead and the sun still hanging low in the western sky the highlight of the night without a doubt belongs to Freshman Taylor Mancini who showed a great act of team work when she chose to pass the ball to Junior Keeper Maslyn Greene, who had been moved up by Coach Sullivan to allow her the opportunity to score the game ending goal, instead of Mancini ending her own great night with a Hat Trick.
The Wolfpack is very excited about their hot start and will get a week off as Paulding County schools start their winter break.  Coming off the break will be the first real test of this Wolfpack team as they get ready to welcome into the Pack's Den a Pope High School team that is currently 2-0 and is coming off a big win at Lassiter on Friday.  Pope is currently ranked number 8 in the state and a win for the Wolfpack could push them into the elite group of GA AAAA schools.

Monday, March 5
The Week after Winter break has it's high and low points for the Lady Wolfpack team!

The North Paulding High School Lady Wolfpack soccer team was back in action last week with two games against Pope High School and Chapel Hill High School. 
The week after the Paulding County winter break started out rough on the Wolfpack.  in a game that saw US National Team Pool Player Jesse Sexton make her debut at the Pack's Den for the Pope Greyhounds the Wolfpack allowed her to make it one to remember.  Sexton was able to net 5 goals and the Wolfpack never could gain the offensize upper hand as the Pope team beat the Wolfpack 5-0.  
There were some good signs for the young Wolfpack team that is led by Seniors Shannon Lees, Madie Easterwood and Elana Newman as they never gave up and continued to stay in their game plan and push the ball forward even though they were under extreme pressure from the Pope team.   
The Wolfpack were able to bounce back on Thursday evening with a very good performance against the Chapel Hill Panthers as they were able to pull out a very commanding 4-0 win.  This game was somewhat of a breakout game for Sophomore Emily Ratke as she was able to net 2 goals and hold the play steady from her Central Midfield position.  
Add to this superior play from Sophomore Erin Stitt and Senior Madie Easterwood who were both able to add to the total and help lead their team to a much needed bounce back win.  
North Paulding has some great competition this week as they travel to South Paulding to play the Spartans and then welcome Alexander on Friday for what could be a very important game in the hunt for the state playoffs. 
The Junior Varsity Lady Wolfpack defeated Chapel Hill last night with a 10-0 "mercy rule" victory. Another excellent team effort on display as the Lady Pack dominated the field of play from start to finish. The defense led by Kaitlyn Davis, Hannah Taylor, Courtnie Adams and Haley Eckert prevented any attack from the Lady Tigers.  After being up 3-0 at halftime, the offense really started to click in the second half as they tallied seven of their goals.  Sophomore Emily Conaster led the Pack Attack by scoring a hat trick.  Freshmen Taylor Sullivan and Taylor Mancini each scored a pair of goals.  Taylor Davis, Lexi Smith, and Kaylie Deaton finished off the scoring sheet with one goal a piece.  The Lady Wolfpack looks to continue their undefeated season at South Paulding on Tuesday. 

Monday, March 12
North Paulding Lady Wolfpack Was Back in Action
The North Paulding Wolfpack was back in action this week against South Paulding and Alexander and oh what a week it was,
The week started out with a match up on the road against the Spartans of South Paulding. This game was over about the time it started as Sophomore Emily Ratke continued her dominance on the field with a great goal from about 30 yards. This would be the start of a great night for the Wolfpack mid-field. Senior mid-fielder Elana Newman was able to add a hat trick and the final goal came from the fleet footed Senior Shannon Lees as she capped off a 10-0 mercy win.
Senior Maddie Easterwood had a great night as well with a hat trick of her own and this game was over with 8 minutes left to go in the 2nd half.  There were two more goals that were added from Junior Sydney David.  
This game was a great show of Senior leadership as the three Senior's were able to net 7 of the 10 goals.  It was another great night for the Wolfpack back line as they were able to keep South Paulding backed up all night.
On Friday the Wolfpack welcomed in the hard hitting and extemely physical Alexander and they did not disappoint.  In a game that saw Senior mid-fielder Elana Newman carried off last season with a concussion there would be no such issues this year.  The Wolfpack started the game on their heels but were quickly able to play their game and send Alexander home with only their 2nd loss in 6 games.
The game ended 4-0 and the Wolfpack were in control for the majority of the match. Keeper Maslyn Green showed why she is out there with a great performance in the goal. Although, pressured at times there was no beating her in this one.  
Knock, Knock...
Who is there...
"Say it Ain't So" Sydney David was knocking on the door all night ans was quickly let in with two very big goals to lead the Wolfpack in scoring on the night. Add to it one goal from Senior Maddie Easterwood and one goal from Sophomore Erin Stitt and the game was over. The Wolpack get ready on Monday to take on another tough opponent in Sprayberry High School.  
 The Junior Varsity Lady Wolfpack traveled to South Paulding and defeated a very physical Lady Spartans 1-0. The Lady Wolfpack dominated the time of possession but had difficulties putting the ball in the back of the net.  Erin Stitt managed to score the lone goal for the Pack. 
The Junior Varsity Lady Wolfpack continued their undefeated season as they blanked Alexander 4-0 on Friday night.  The back line and defensive midfielders prevented any real threat from the Cougars.  Freshman Taylor Mancini scored two goals in the first half that were both assisted by Taylor Sullivan. Mancini added two more goals in the second half, one assisted by Taylor Davis and the other unassisted.  The Junior Varsity Lady Wolfpack gets back in action on Monday night at 7:00 in the Den verse Sprayberry.  Come out and back the Pack!  

Monday, April 23
Lady Wolfpack JV - #1 in Region !!!!!

Lady Wolfpack JV is #1
Overall Record: 11-0-2
Region Record: 10-0-1 
 Scoring Stats
Courtnie Adams            1
Emily Conaster             10
Taylor Davis                 1
Kaitlyn Davis              3
Kaylie Deaton               3
Haley Eckert                1
Taylor Mancini               11
Hannah Olsen                5
Brooke Olschewske      3
Valeria Palacios             1
Lexi Smith                     5
Erin Stitt                       8
Taylor Sullivan              9
Hannah Taylor               2 
Total Goals                   63
The following were not included in the scoring stats, but also contributed
greatly to the success of the JV team!
Dominque Negron and Camila Palacios  
** Only 2 goals given up all season both were against Harrison High School
Great Job Goalies!
Jamie Allen and Jane Bell  

Sunday, February 17
1st Home Game of the Season Against Region 6A Power House Walton High School Ends Scoreless for Both Teams

Last night the Lady Wolfpack opened their season with a home matchup against Region 6A powerhouse Walton High School.  The Raiders came into the Den working through some injuries and trying to build on a 2-2 tie against State Champs and current state ranke #1 McIntosh. 

North Paulding came into the game with their backs against the wall knowing they would be without Junior Center Back Bailey Brown.  suffering from a broken hand and being one of the starting memebers of the Wolfpack back line, the idea of trying to shut down on offensive attack that was able to score 2 on McIntosh and 3 on North Cobb without one of their defensive leaders should have been a bit intimidating.

By definition the word intimidating means instilling fear, awe, or sense of inadequacy.  This Wolfpack team was anthing but; riding on the replacement shoulders of Freshman Deanna Beckford, the Wolfpack back line stepped up and very commandingly said " NOT IN MY HOUSE!"

Led by Senior Goal Keeper Maslyn Greene, Sophomore Avery Heid, Freshman Deanna Beckford and the two Senior Capatains Brooke Szoch and Natalie Helbling the Wolfpack back line played 80 minutes of shutdown soccer.  Maslyn Greene would like up the stat sheet with 8 saves and in the 17th minute of the second half Avery Heid would come out of her shoes to prevent a sure goal by clearing a ball off the goal line after a Greene save that saw her parry the ball to the right after a diving save.  The rebound came straight out to a Raider forward who was standing at the ready and starring at an open net.  Ouf of nowhere Heid came in and was able to clear the ball out of the back for a Raider corner.

The pack was able to hold the attach 70% of the time in the first half and equaled that in the 2nd half. Due to the weather this week Coach Sullivan was forced to work his Wolfpack team indoors where possession was the theme of the week. Led by the 5 shots of Senior Sydney David and very solid play in the middle of the field the Pack was ablt to control the game and keep the pressure on the Walton defense.  The pack would finish the game with 7 shots and 4 corner kicks.  

The pack will be off next week at they enjoy the winter break and will be back in action as they open the region at South Paulding against the Spartans on 2/26

Go Pack!!!

Article written and submitted by Kevin Heid - Parent of Sophomore Defender - Avery Heid