Thursday, August 13, 2009
MA girls fall short in opener
Lance McGregor saw plenty of pluses from the Marshall Academy Lady Patriots in his first game as head soccer coach.
Marshall, playing at home Friday afternoon, fell behind Heritage Academy 2-0 at halftime but rallied to tie in the second half before losing 3-2.
“I was really pleased with the ladies’ effort in the second half,” he said. “They really came together as a team. We have a lot to build on and a great group of girls who will bounce back.”
McGregor said his team came out flat for the first 15 minutes, allowing Heritage to take the 2-0 advantage.
“Our defense was soft and it just looked like everyone was a bit nervous out there, which can be expected from a younger team,” he said.
But at that point, the MA defense picked up its intensity.
“Kristin Mynatt did a wonderful job in goal,” McGregor said. “Also, Sara Walker provided us with a lot of backside defense.
“We went into the half and had a nice conversation and the girls were smiling and ready to get back on the field and prove what they were made of.”
At the 8:00 mark of the second half, the Lady Patriots got on the scoreboard when Megan Isbell broke away for a goal.
Later, at the 17:00 mark, Ali Hutchens made what Coach McGregor called “a beautiful pass” to Lauralee Fant, who scored to tie the game at 2.
Shortly thereafter, goalie Mynatt went down with a toe injury and Chrissy Farris stepped into the position.
“They (Heritage) scored a goal at the 21:00 mark that Chrissy couldn’t get to,” he said. “However, Chrissy really stepped up big for us the rest of the game and didn’t allow another goal and we just missed on a couple of scoring opportunities.”
The Lady Patriots hosted Indianola on Tuesday of this week. They go to Manchester Thursday at 4 p.m. Next Monday, Aug. 17, they host Bayou.
“Our defense has come a long way with some younger girls, but we still need them to step up and make a few more plays,” McGregor said. “If we can correct some of the simple things and avoid allowing the junk goals, we have a chance for a really good year. A lot of the girls have came a long way and are really starting to contribute.
“On a side note, officials usually don’t get a lot of credit, but I felt they did an excellent job of calling the game (last Friday) and really let the girls decide the outcome.”
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