Thursday, August 23, 2007
MA beats Chiefs in shootout
By BARRY BURLESON
The highlight of opening week for the Marshall Academy soccer team was an exciting 3-2 win over Magnolia Heights August 14.
“We played well this game and were thrilled with the win, but the game should have never been that close,” said coach Catherine Mirante. “We had more scoring chances than I could count and simply couldn’t get the ball in the goal. I was very pleased with the effort and the enthusiasm the girls showed.”
Molly West scored both goals for the Lady Patriots in regulation, one from an assist by Amanda Rhea. It was tied 2-2.
In the shootout, Emma Burleson and Anna Kathryn Adair scored on penalty shots. The Lady Chiefs scored just once in the shootout. Thus, MA won the shootout and the game 3-2.
Marshall lost games to Heritage Academy and Bayou Academy last week.
The Lady Patriots, in there season opener August 13, fell 4-0 to Heritage.
“We were missing two starters but aside from that, we simply played very poorly – no excuses,” Mirante said.
MA then dropped a 2-0 decision to Bayou Thursday, the last of three home games to open the season.
“The game was rough and the goals scored against us were flukes, but again we were plagued by our inability to finish,” Mirante said. “We kept the ball on our offensive half the majority of the second half and still couldn’t score. We had shots bouncing off the cross bar and crosses, rolling right across the face of the goal that we did not take advantage of.
“Needless to say, finishing is what we will focus on in upcoming workouts and future matches.”
Coach Mirante complemented the play of goalkeeper Katie Paylor versus Bayou.
“She had an outstanding game and looks very promising to be our regular there for the remainder of the season,” Mirante said.
The Lady Patriots were scheduled to visit Indianola Tuesday, Aug. 21. They will host Lee (Clarksdale) Thursday at 4 p.m. and Starkville Academy Saturday at 2 p.m.
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