Thursday, September 16, 2010
MA soccer squad loses close contest
The Marshall Academy Lady Patriots turned in their best effort of the season Tuesday, Sept. 7, in a 4-1 loss to Indianola.
“We had a good practice Monday (the day before the game) and this time we actually played a game like we practiced,” coach Lance McGregor said. “Indianola is probably the second toughest team on our schedule but we put our most complete game together against them.
“For the game we outshot Indianola 17-13 on goal and we controlled the ball for over half the game.”
He said the Lady Colonels’ first goal was earned, and two were due to miscommunication on defense.
“The other goal is one I was most upset about,” McGregor said. “They had a corner kick and the ball was floating around the front post, and we just watched it, and they had an easy header for the goal.”
Marshall goalie Mayela Armandariz had nine saves on 13 shots.
Sandwiched between their goals, MA’s Claire Liddy got outside and crossed the ball into Megan Anderson, who made a shot into the top corner of the goal for the team’s only score.
The Lady Pats missed several other opportunities to score.
“On one, it could be argued that the ball crossed the goal line, but from my viewpoint it was hard to tell,” McGregor said. “We also had some nice-looking shots that were well defended.”
He said Anderson “played great” and started to work well with her teammates. He also dished out compliments to Lori Simpson and Emma Elgin for their defense and to Lane Cunningham, Elizabeth Byard, Bailey Blaker and Reanne Stanley for their quality minutes and improvement.
“I was able to drive home from that game with a lot of excitement,” he said, “as I knew the girls were finally starting to come into their potential. I was very proud of their effort. Now we just have to work on eliminating the preventable mistakes.”
The MA girls (0-9) visited Indianola Monday and hosted Bayou Tuesday. They travel to Delta State University Saturday for a doubleheader versus River Oaks (La.). The first game starts at 11 a.m.
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