Thursday, August 11, 2011
MA soccer opens with loss
By BARRY BURLESON
A young Marshall Academy soccer team lost its opener 10-0 to Manchester Academy August 2.
“Over half of our girls were playing their first game ever at any level, so a lot of nervousness was to be expected,” coach Lance McGregor said.
“To be honest, we really didn’t play that badly, considering. I was very pleased with the girls’ efforts. They played hard for the majority of the game.”
The Lady Patriots had just one shot. M.C. Hutchens made a pass ahead and Audrey Poole timed her run and got behind the defense.
“That was the biggest excitement of the game for us,” McGregor said.
He said his squad will work to cut out their mistakes.
“I felt we could have held them to two or three goals,” McGregor said. “Most of their goals were preventable and we will work to not let the same mistakes happen in the future. I really felt like the second half we became more comfortable.”
The 2011 team features only three seniors, and one of those is out with an injury. The rest are ninth grade or below.
“I’m excited about the prospects of having a young team because it gives me the opportunity to really coach them up and let them become a unit,” he said. “In the past, I’ve had them for one or two years and by the time they started playing quality soccer they were gone. So even though the score looks bad I saw some promising aspects and I thank my girls for their effort.”
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