Thursday, January 28, 2010
MA blanks Strayhorn
By BARRY BURLESON
The Marshall Academy soccer squad knocked off Strayhorn last week and fell to Heritage Academy.
Hank Owens, Kent Feathers and Chase Smith scored goals in MA’s 3-0 home win over Strayhorn Tuesday, Jan. 19.
Coach Lance McGregor said his team started sloppy.
“We really took a beating for the first 20 minutes,” he said. “They had four shots on us and we hadn’t even gotten deep into their defenders yet.”
In the 22nd minute Smith found Owens behind the defense and Owens connected for the goal to give Marshall the 1-0 lead.
That score held into the half.
The Pats had more pep in the second half as they struck quickly two minutes into the half. Jake DeLashmit took a corner kick and found Feathers for his first goal of the season.
In the 63rd minute, DeLashmit again found an opening in Strayhorn’s defense as he passed ahead to Smith for the goal.
MA celebrated the 3-0 victory.
“I was happy with the way we responded in the second half,” McGregor said. “The only thing I would like to have improved on is the fact they had 11 shots on goals to our 10.”
He praised his team’s stout defense, for always hustling and getting back to help out Kendall Harris, who is “doing a great job in goal.”
McGregor said in the first five minutes versus Heritage Thursday his team looked great, but a much more experienced squad from Columbus went on to take the win.
The Pats had a chance to score early when Owens got behind Heritage’s defense and had a one on one with the goalie.
“And the goalie comes out and slide tackles Hank, taking him out,” McGregor said. “During this he deflected the ball and we had a couple guys guilty of watching the play instead of being part of the play. If we are following that shot, then we have an easy goal and an early lead.”
The defense held strong for the first 15 minutes, he said.
“Then on a throw-in we left their top player open from about 50 yards out and he settled in and kicked it and with a strong wind behind his back,” McGregor said. “It had just enough to sneak over Kendall’s arms.”
Heritage went on to take a 3-0 halftime lead.
“In the second half we played great defense as they only got three shots off, however two of those shots were misplays by our defense and left them with easy goals and the final 5-0 deficit,” the MA coach said.
In the game, Heritage only got 13 shots off compared to around 24 or 25 the first time the two teams played.
“There were several of the Heritage players commenting on how much our guys have improved and they are right on; we went from wandering around lost at the beginning of the season to really understanding the game now,” he said. “I’m proud of the guys for the hard work and dedication they’ve shown this season and I fully expect us to be a legitimate contender next season. I wish these seniors could have one more year because they’ve had a great time.”
Coach McGregor said thanks to seniors Josh Thompson, Duncan Baker, Kent Feathers and Kendall Harris.
“They helped create the foundation and now the future looks bright,” McGregor said.
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