Finding offensive consistency in the first half has been a struggle for Northwest this season.
Fortunately for the Grizzlies, those struggles have begun to drift away.
Four first-half goals propelled Northwest to a 5-0 win over North on Thursday night in a matchup of teams that were undefeated in the City League.
"Earlier this season we were too much of a second-half team," Northwest coach Bobby Bribiesca said. "Recently we've played more consistently throughout the entire game."
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Senior Logan Vestring scored Northwest's first two goals and credits the recent success to a more defined approach.
"We've been able to keep consistent movement on the field," Vestring said. "If you keep it spread and play your position, good things will happen."
A missed header by a North defender near the goal allowed Vestring to put Northwest on the board with 28:31 to go.
"(Kevin) Crafton crossed it in and popped it up," Vestring said. "It dropped in and I was able to get a good shot."
The offense continued as Austin Clifton and Troy Vanderhoff each added a goal in the first half.
Northwest's defense stood strong, holding North to seven shots for the game. Bribiesca credits the performance to the speed of his defense.
"We're fortunate because we have speed at every position," Bribiesca said. "It's a good feeling knowing that we can stop the ball no matter where it is on the field."
The win left Northwest alone atop the City League standings.
"North is a talented, well-coached team," Bribiesca said. "To get a win and a shutout is a testament to the effort of our guys tonight."
Northwest (10-0) 4 1 — 5 North (8-3-1) 0 0 — 0
First half—Northwest, Vestring (Crafton); Northwest, Vestring (unassisted); Northwest, Vanderhoff (unassisted); Northwest, Clifton (Cramer). Second half— Northwest, Crafton (Vestring). Shots— North 1-6—7; Northwest 10-6—16. Saves— North, Lopez 2-0—2, Sabrah 0-1—1; Northwest Lane 0-2—2.