Thursday, September 23, 2010
Marshall soccer squad wins first
It was a successful senior night for the Marshall Academy soccer team.
The Lady Patriots won their first game of the season, 2-1 over Bayou Academy, on Tuesday of last week at home.
“The effort was absolutely amazing,” said coach Lance McGregor. “They left everything on the field and really excelled in all aspects of the game.
“The defense was absolutely wonderful as we only allowed four shots on goal for the entire game. I’m just so pleased to get these seniors a win in their final home game.”
Seniors on the squad are Claire Liddy, Lauralee Fant, Chrissy Farris, Megan Anderson and Danielle Stanley.
The Lady Pats struck first in the 10th minute as Liddy crossed the ball into the middle and M.C. Hutchens was there to finish the play and give Marshall the lead.
“We had several good looks over the next 40 or so minutes but just couldn’t quite finish the deal,” McGregor said.
Then in the 62nd minute, Hutchens broke free and hit a chip shot over Bayou’s goalie that found the back corner for her second goal of the match.
“Those last 20 minutes were really tough as the nerves started playing an affect on the ladies,” he said.
In the 72nd minute, Bayou had the ball on the outside. An MA player got tripped up, and the visitors got a long shot that found the goal.
McGregor said every Lady Patriot “did an amazing job” in the big win. He called it a “total team effort from start to finish.”
He said Reagan Elliott, who left the game with an injury, played a good, aggressive game. He also said Lori Simpson made a header deep in MA’s box to clear the ball and prevent a strong scoring opportunity for Bayou.
But he wanted to talk most about his seniors.
“Claire Liddy is a true leader and always puts her teammates first,” he said.
“Lauralee Fant is the absolute definition of hustle; you know she is going to give everything she’s got.
“Danielle Stanley always works to improve and always asks how she can improve.
“Megan Anderson has overcome some tough obstacles and now that she has gotten back in shape, she has really turned into the player we expected her to be.
“Chrissy Farris has improved so much since she has started playing. She has become an anchor for our defense.”
He also thanked the “amazing group” of parents and supporters who cheer the Lady Pats on.
“It’s awesome just be able to witness how much the interest has grown amongst the kids and the fans since I first started,” McGregor said. “We are definitely headed in the right direction.”
MA vs. Indianola
The Lady Patriots dropped a 5-1 decision at Indianola Academy on Monday of last week.
The Lady Colonels got off five shots in the first three minutes of the game and connected on three.
“After about 10 minutes into the contest, we really settled down and for the last 70 minutes, we played well,” McGregor said.
Indianola scored on a penalty kick and on a shot into the upper corner of the goal in the second half.
MA’s only score came after Simpson was fouled from behind. Liddy took the kick and made a pass to Elliott, who “made a nice volley for the score,” he said.
The Lady Pats (1-10) played River Oaks (La.) at Delta State University Saturday to close out the season. The story on those games will be included in next week’s newspaper.
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