Thursday, December 31, 2009
Marshall soccer builds excitement
Marshall Academy soccer teams had some fun on a cold Saturday, Dec. 12.
The boys squad scrimmaged the Lady Patriots, who were joined by a couple of former players, coach Lance McGregor and some guys who helped him coach this season.
“In the first half I felt like the guys did a lot better job on the offensive end and pushed the ball down on several occasions and had some nice looks on goal but could never connect,” McGregor said.
“The defense, however, had some breakdowns and got outrun a few times and allowed five goals in the first half, one of which we knocked into our own goal.”
Jake Omedeo was the stand-in as coach of the high school boys squad and McGregor thanked him for his help.
Omedeo had this to say about the first half – “Our opponents were highly skilled and we were unable to match their intensity.”
In the second half the boys settled down and played very competitively, McGregor said. They struck first in the second half on a goal by Chase Carpenter and shut out their opponent until about 10 minutes left in the half and allowed two late goals for the final 7-1 defeat.
Omedeo said, “We gave a good effort out there today, however, we have to get back to the basics.”
“Jake is just a good guy and he helps us out whenever he can,” McGregor said. “I believe he could make a fine coach someday because he is really good with people and catches on quickly.”
He said he really saw some good things out of the MA boys Saturday.
“They played with a lot of effort and worked really well together at times,” McGregor said. “They had fun and really did a nice job of adjusting. There was a lot of quality experience earned. In the guys’ defense on the final score, they haven’t seen another team with the speed nor ball skills as they saw Saturday.”
Jake DeLashmit, Chase Smith, Kasey Shaw, and Chad Mitchell did a great job of attacking either the ball or the goal, he said.
“Hank Owens also did some nice things considering the change of position, but really everyone played better today and it’s just exciting because we have a whole lot coming back,” McGregor said. “Josh Thompson and Kent Feathers both played their best games thus far.”
“I just want to thank everyone who came out Saturday,” he said. “It is really nice to see some excitement start to surround the soccer program.”
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