Thursday, August 26, 2010
Lady Patriots lose at Manchester
The Marshall Academy soccer team had a long road trip Tuesday of last week.
The Lady Patriots visited Manchester Academy in Yazoo City and were saddled with a 13-0 loss.
Head coach Lance McGregor had to miss the game. His assistant Dylan Sims coached the team.
“From what he told me, our defense played poorly and got beat on several occasions due to missed assignments and the inability to get back on balls over the top,” McGregor said.
He said goalie Danielle Stanley did a “nice job of trying to stay calm and leading the team” but there were just too many one-on-one situations in goal.
“We got behind and got a little sloppy and found ourselves out of position a lot,” McGregor said after discussions with Sims. “Also the effort was down a lot in this game.”
Elizabeth Byard had her best game thus far, according to the coaching staff, and also Lane Cunningham did what she could to help the team on defense. The coaches also complimented the play of M.C. Hutchens, Lauralee Fant and Lori Simpson.
“We’ve got to do a better job of finding a way to get Claire (Liddy) the ball,” McGregor said. “Also we aren’t controlling the ball, therefore, it is extremely difficult to create opportunities for ourselves.”
The heat is also hurting the team’s progress.
“I will be glad when this ridiculous heat is out of here so we can get back to the practice field and work on some things,” he said. “We’ve had to cancel our last four scheduled practices due to extreme heat indexes. I just don’t want to risk the girls’ safety and the heat is a beast you really don’t want to mess with.”
The Lady Pats (0-4) were scheduled to host River Oaks (La.) Monday and then visit Immanuel Tuesday.
They host Manchester Wednesday at 5 p.m. and then go to Heritage Friday at 4 p.m. Next Monday, Aug. 30, MA visits Magnolia Heights.
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