Thursday, September 3, 2009
Lady Pats fall in OT
The Marshall Academy soccer team rallied against Immanuel Thursday at home and then lost in overtime.
“From a soccer fan’s stand-point, it was an amazing game,” said coach Lance McGregor. “From a Marshall player’s standpoint, it was a heartache.”
After falling behind 3-0 in the first half, the Lady Patriots rallied to tie the game at 3 to force overtime. Neither team scored in the first overtime and Immanuel struck two minutes into the second overtime and held Marshall off the last eight minutes.
“We came out flat again and gave up two easy uncontested goals; then they made a nice shot on a defensive breakdown,” McGregor said. “We actually outplayed them in the first half, in my opinion, but we just weren’t getting a lot of pop on our shots and they were getting easy saves.”
He said he made some halftime adjustments.
“We changed schemes in the second half and in the first minute Claire Liddy broke free up the middle and connected,” McGregor said.
Six minutes later Amanda Rhea made a long pass ahead to Liddy, who beat her defender for Marshall’s second goal. In the 32nd minute, Liddy found Lauralee Fant in the middle of the field for the tying goal.
“This loss is heartbreaking because of how hard the ladies played,” the coach said. “You could tell they wanted it and we had five girls (Liddy, Rhea, Megan Isbell, Sara Walker and Fant) go down with cramps.
“In the second half, Kristin Mynatt was a shut-down goalie and had eight saves. I was really pleased with the way our defense responded and even though they had two mistakes that led to goals, they really came together as a group and gave our offense opportunities.”
McGregor said Ali Hutchens moved to center back and “gave us great minutes.”
“Also Natalee Mitchell did a wonderful job of getting the ball up the field to our mids. Sara Walker was again a major presence as was Megan Isbell. Megan had some nice looks on goal, but could never seem to connect.
“I felt we were more physical and really took control of the flow of the game. With this being said it is still a loss and these girls deserve better.”
The Lady Patriots visited Indianola Monday of this week and Magnolia Heights Tuesday.
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