Thursday, September 30, 2010
Marshall soccer falls to River Oaks
The Marshall Academy soccer squad closed its season with two losses to River Oaks (La.).
MA dropped game one of the September 18 twinbill 6-0 and the nightcap 6-2.
Coach Lance McGregor said he thought his Lady Pats were intimidated by the Lady Mustangs, who have a rich tradition on the soccer field.
“Reputation can have a big influence in the outcome of the game,” he said. “A lot of the girls had never seen River Oaks before, but their highly successful season a year ago had a large effect on the outcome.
“We just went into the first game with the attitude that we didn’t belong, and I was upset with our effort.”
Marshall Academy (1-12) got off just two shots compared to 13 for the Lady Mustangs.
“They controlled the ball and really beat us on fundamentals,” he said.
In game two, McGregor said he moved some players around to look at certain positions for next year.
“And it had a harsh effect on our defense,” he said.
River Oaks scored four times in the first half.
To open the second half, the Lady Patriots scored two goals in about a three-minute stretch. Scoring were M.C. Hutchens and Megan Anderson, with Claire Liddy and Lauralee Fant getting assists.
“I really felt like we were going to come back and win this game by looking at that stretch,” McGregor said. “But I think the girls started worrying about the score again and tensed up and lost that attacking style.
“We actually controlled the ball for a good portion of this game. I was fairly pleased with the girls’ effort. They realized they could play with these girls and started to believe in themselves a little more.”
He is optimistic about the future of the program.
“Our younger girls have a year under their belts and should be much better players next year,” McGregor said. “We just have to build on what we know and get back to fundamentals.
“I believe next year there will be improvement in a lot of areas and I look for us to make some noise in two years.”
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