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Northwest Boys & Girls Soccer Advance in Playoffs

Both Northwest soccer teams have advanced past the first-round in the post-season after wins in Jagland on Thursday evening.

The Lady Jags, who came into the first-round meeting with a record of 8-4-1, faced a Gaithersburg team which had a record of 8-6-1 in the first round. When the two teams played each other during the regular season, the Jags squeaked out a 1-0 home victory back on September 25.

On Thursday night, the Jags were led by senior Lexi Halem who had both goals in the 2-0 victory. Halem’s brace came in two parts, one in each half to allow the Lady Jags to move on the post-season. Senior goalkeeper Kaitlyn Dold earned the clean-sheet play-off victory keeping Gaithersburg off the scoreboard.

The Lady Jags advance to play the top-seed in their division, the 9-3 Wootton Lady Patriots on Tuesday, Oct. 31. Wootton has been a thorn in the Lady Jags paw over the years, with Wootton winning the last meeting 4-1 back on October 5.

The Patriots were also responsible for knocking the Lady Jags out of the post-season last year handing Northwest a 3-2 loss in a second-round game. Two years ago, Wootton and Northwest faced each other in the second-round of the playoffs, which the Jags won 2-1 in overtime.

Once the girls had finished, the Northwest boys took on rival Quince Orchard in a first-round playoff matchup. The Jaguars finished the regular season 6-5-2, while the Cougars came into yesterday’s game with a record of 4-9-2.