Thursday, August 28, 2008
Marshall soccer team beats Immanuel 3-2
Marshall Academy’s effort Thursday on the soccer field was likely the Lady Patriots’ best ever.
MA turned back Immanuel Christian 3-2 and improved to 2-1 on the season. Marshall is in its fourth year of fielding a soccer team, the third under the leadership of coach Catherine Mirante.
“I felt like that was probably the best game any of my teams have played since I started coaching a few years back,” Mirante said.
The defense was solid.
“We had to make quick adjustments to our defensive strategy on the fly during the game,” she said. “That’s because Immanuel ran essentially four forwards instead of the typical three-forward offensive set-up that we normally face.
“Our defense, however, handled it beautifully. They communicated with each other constantly and adapted with no problems.”
And the offense did its part two – with three goals, two from Molly West and one from Amanda Rhea.
“As has become typical this season, our offense came through and scored an ample amount of goals, including a stunning shot from Amanda from about 20 yards out,” Mirante said.
“Molly scored on well-timed, well-placed shots. Both cases were situations where she had put herself in the right position at the right time and made the most of it. You couldn’t ask for more.”
Earlier last week, the Lady Patriots dropped a 6-3 decision at Lee (Clarksdale).
Kimberly Cunningham, Anna Petree and West each scored a goal.
“Following a tough loss at Clarksdale, I was extremely pleased with our play on Thursday against Immanuel,” Mirante said.
The Lady Pats visited Manchester Academy (at Yazoo City) on Wednesday of this week. They travel to Indianola next Tuesday, Sept. 2, for a 4 p.m. game.
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