Thursday, July 31, 2008
Lady Patriots tune up for new season
By BARRY BURLESON
Marshall Academy soccer coach Catherine Mirante got a preview of her 2008 team Saturday.
The Lady Patriots hosted Magnolia Heights and Starkville Academy in a jamboree, featuring 20-minute games.
MA beat the Lady Chiefs twice and lost twice to the Lady Volunteers.
“I was pleased with the outcome of the jamboree,” Mirante said. “We had a great turnout of fans and an ideal situation to get some good game experience for our players.
“The past two years we have gone into the first district game with absolutely no prior game experience and that’s always an uneasy feeling. The jamboree gave us a chance to get a few of the unknowns out of the way so that hopefully we’re better prepared for that first game on August 12.”
Standouts from Saturday’s jamboree contests were Amanda Rhea, who scored two goals, and Kristin Mynatt, who Coach Mirante said “did an excellent job at her first time in the goalkeeper position.”
“Overall I was pleased with the entire team’s effort,” she said.
“Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be focusing especially on shooting technique and, of course, our fitness levels. It takes an extraordinary level of fitness to be able to play 80 minutes in nearly 100 degree temperatures.”
The Lady Patriots start the 12-game regular season by hosting Magnolia Heights Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 4:30 p.m.
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