Max Patrick made the most of his scoring opportunities in North’s 8-0 non-conference win at Euclid on Thursday.
Patrick converted two penalty kicks on his way to scoring a career-high four times against the Panthers.
“I couldn’t have done it without my teammates,” Patrick said. “They work hard so it’s the least I can do to score for them. It was pretty fun celebrating with my teammates after scoring. They did all the hard work; I just finished for them. Shout out to them for the hard work.”
North head coach Steve Misick positioned Patrick in the center midfield to help run the offense. The four goals were a bonus.
“Playing the central midfield spot, I just wanted him to run the team,” Misick said. “I wasn’t looking for him to score but when the opportunity was there he took it and he scored.”
Mason Robey, who scored with 0.9 seconds left to lead the Rangers past South on Tuesday, added two more goals and Will Rados had one. Joe Soucek made his varsity debut one to remember with his first career goal.
Robey also set up both of Patrick’s penalty kicks.
“I had two PKs from my striker, Mason,” Patrick said. “The other two (goals) were off attacks created from the back. The offense was really on point tonight and the defense was very strong. It’s nice to have so many weapons. It makes the defense have to worry about all of us as a team, instead of just one guy. I love how our offense can be so explosive in the big moments of the game.”
Hayden Roberts recorded one save in the first half while Dario Lukic had two in the final 40 minutes to help the Rangers secure their second clean sheet of the season.
Misick expects to see a much different game on Saturday when the Rangers host Berea.
“It was a combined shutout,” Misick said. “The game wasn’t intense so some of our guys didn’t play very intense. Playing somebody else, it may be a different situation. Guys were pretty relaxed in what they were doing and we had some breakdowns. Playing Berea-Midpark on Saturday is going to be really tough. They’re a very good team.”
North improved to 5-3-1 on the year.