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North Raleigh News Athlete of the Week, Nov. 15: Parker Yount of Leesville Road soccer

Leesville Road senior forward Parker Yount scored the Pride’s lone playoff goal against Heritage to advance.
Leesville Road senior forward Parker Yount scored the Pride’s lone playoff goal against Heritage to advance. jmorgan@newsobserver.com

Parker Yount isn’t really into celebrating after a goal – but it was the playoffs.

The Leesville Road senior got lost under a pile of his teammates when he scored the lone goal of a first-round match with Cap-8 rival Heritage on Nov.4.

The playoff game was scoreless at halftime.

“We took a lot of shots second half,” Yount said. “We were like, ‘Our defense is holding up, let’s take shots.’ I put that one in, near post, goalie had tried to get it and he didn’t.

“It felt really good.”

After Yount found the back of the net on a wet and muddy field, the Pride tackled him out of joy. It was all they needed to move on to the next round.

The Pride played Broughton in the Round 2, when their season would end. They finished 14-5-3 and as Cap-8 champions.

Yount said he and the other seniors exit having supplied progress. The Pride lost to Heritage in the playoffs last year and didn’t want a repeat.

“Our goal this year was to get past that and we did,” Yount said. “Obviously, our goal in the second round was to win that game, and we didn’t, but progress is the big thing. We got the conference title, that was the first goal of the season. The second was to win states. That didn’t happen – but, we didn’t have that conference title last year or the year before.”

Yount played three seasons of varsity soccer at Leesville. He’s been playing the sport since he was 5. He was the football team’s kicker his freshman and sophomore years but enjoyed the unity of soccer.

“Football is more specialized,” Yount said. “Soccer, you really have to be one unit each and every night. You have to be on the same page during a game or else it’s not going to be a good night.”

Broughton, the 2014 4A runner-up, handed Leesville a 1-0 loss on Monday.

Yount said the Pride learned something valuable from Broughton because of its tradition as well as from their own winning season.

“Our coach (Paul Dinkenor) was talking to us before we played Broughton, and he said ‘Broughton is good because winning breeds winning.’ It does,” Yount said. “They got all the way to the finals last year. (The Leesville Road seniors) hope to leave a winning tradition, that’s what we hope. Winning breeds winning. Because we set that example this year, those juniors, soon to be seniors, will be able to carry that next year.”

Morgan: 919-829-4538, @JessikaMorgan

About Yount

Age: 17

Hometown: Raleigh

School: Leesville Road

Sport / Position: Soccer / Forward

Fun fact: Works for the school’s newspaper

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