Thursday, October 2, 2008
Marshall beats Lee 2-0, nears state playoff berth
By BARRY BURLESON
The 2008 edition of Marshall Academy soccer has already set a school record for wins. And the Lady Patriots entered this week with a shot at a first-ever playoff berth.
MA, 5-5 overall, wrapped up the regular season Tuesday with an important region game at Bayou Academy.
“I’m so proud of these girls,” coach Catherine Mirante said. “The most exciting thing for me this season is to see the transformation in their thinking. They now expect to win rather than being surprised by winning. Their confidence is building and I think they are really enjoying themselves. I can’t express how much I have enjoyed this particular group.
“Our last regular season game is with Bayou Academy, with whom we are vying for the top spot in our group in the North. We came out on top in our previous match-up with them this season, but the next game is sure to be a battle to the finish.”
The Lady Patriots stayed alive in the playoff chase on Tuesday of last week with a 2-0 win over Lee (Clarksdale) on “Senior Day.” It avenged a 6-3 loss to the Lady Colts earlier in the season.
Marshall’s first goal was scored by Anna Petree, on an assist from Emma Burleson. Molly West added the other goal.
Seniors honored prior to the game were Petree, Burleson, West, Hannah Hamblin, Olivia Clanton and Kim Cunningham.
The Lady Patriots rallied from a 3-0 deficit Thursday at Indianola. They tied the game at 3 and then the Lady Colonels scored with 10 seconds remaining to win 4-3.
Scoring goals for Marshall during the come-from-behind effort were Amanda Rhea, Burleson and West.
The state playoffs will begin next Monday, Oct. 6. The semi-finals are set for Thursday, Oct. 9, with the championship game slated for Saturday, Oct. 11.
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