Thursday, October 1, 2009
MA girls get win on Senior Day
The Marshall Academy soccer team found its pot of gold Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 22, a 3-1 home victory over Bayou Academy.
Coach Lance McGregor said before the season began, each player was assigned a color.
“Tuesday those colors came together and played well together to make a complete rainbow,” he said.
The Lady Patriots beat the Lady Colts on “Senior Day” for their second win of the season amid several close losses.
“As the final goal was scored and as you peered out over the field, you could see a rainbow form that centered the field perfectly and appeared to touch down on top of the goal,” he said. “Our pot of gold was our victory. These are truly special moments that can’t be scripted and appear magical for all those involved.”
The Lady Pats were missing a key player, Megan Isbell, out with the flu.
“But we had some players step up in key situations and fill the void,” McGregor said.
He said Sarah Cunningham, Chrissy Farris and Rachel Cole all did a wonderful job of filling the void. Plus, he said Kristin Mynatt had her best performance of the year, only allowing the one goal on 22 shots, and it was just a great hooking shot.
“Kristin really had some huge saves and you could tell how much she wanted the victory,” McGregor said.
“Sara Walker and Ali Hutchens were again as solid as you could ask on defense and Natalee Mitchell got it in her head that she wanted to dominate the second half and that’s exactly what she did.”
He said Reagan Elliott provided some great minutes, and Amanda Rhea again did a nice job of working the ball up the field to the forwards and making her presence known on defense when needed.
“Lauralee Fant is as impressive a newcomer as you will find,” McGregor said. “She always manages to find a way to make plays and hit big shots and I look forward to seeing how good she can become.”
Fant had two goals and an assist.
He said M.C. Hutchens really stepped up her game versus Bayou and did a great job of beating her defender and getting quality shots and passes off.
“Claire Liddy is so good one on one that it forces other coaches to double and triple team her but she still finds ways to contribute,” McGregor said.
“I wish I could mention each girl in this report, because I feel every one of them deserve the credit. I’m so proud we were able to give our seniors a win in their last game on their home field.”
To start the scoring, MA connected first in the 10th minute on a loose ball shot from Fant after a corner kick from Rhea.
“We were actually outplayed in the next 10 minutes with them getting eight shots on goal and finally connecting to tie the game,” he said.
“For the rest of the half we outplayed them and had some great looks and shots and just missed on three or four of them. At half I asked them to give me a full half instead of just a partial and that’s what they did.”
In the 51st minute, Rhea passed ahead to Fant, who found Liddy for the go-ahead goal. This was our first double assist of the year.
“Our defense then played especially strong, and whenever they would get a possession on our end of the field, we’d have someone always step up and get it back across center,” the coach said.
M.C. Hutchens then found Fant for a goal with literally less than 10 seconds left in the match.
The Lady Patriots visited Heritage Monday. They play River Oaks (La.) in Indianola Thursday.
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