Thursday, August 25, 2011
MA soccer squad drops three
The Marshall Academy soccer team fell 7-0 at home to Indianola Tuesday, Aug. 16.
“In the first half we were a little soft, especially on the wings, but in the second half the girls started to play harder and started battling for possessions,” coach Lance McGregor said.
“It’s nice to see the girls still having a good time. They understand the situation we are in and always work so hard to get better. You can definitely see the strides the ladies have made, but it’s just the beginning of a long process. We are finally starting to get healthy also and that is helping things improve.”
He said M.C. Hutchens and Audrey Poole continued to play well in the Indianola game, and he liked the defense of his seniors, Lane Cunningham, Ashika Bhakta and Emma Elgin, “who communicate and support each other.” He also said Parker Stephenson played “a lot better and it was nice to see her get some confidence going.”
The Lady Pats then visited Central Hinds Saturday for a doubleheader and lost 9-0 and 8-0.
“Central Hinds made it known that they are a very good team,” McGregor said. “They had superior speed.”
He complimented the work of goalie Mayela Armendariz in the game one loss.
“She held her own in goal, but they simply had too many opportunities.
“Ashika Bhakta was able to balance their speed a little but when a team has more than one weapon of that caliber, it makes it very tough.”
M.C. Hutchens had a “nice opportunity on goal and faked the goalie out” but her shot just went wide, McGregor said.
Also, Audrey Poole had a shot that was saved.
In game two of the day, he said his girls were tired, as the temperature reached 103 with a heat index of 113.
“I think Central Hinds had 18 girls and were able to keep the subs coming and stay fresh,” McGregor said.
The host team scored five goals in the first 15 minutes.
“From that point on, I really felt our girls showed a lot of pride and worked hard to keep them from doing much more damage,” he said. “I truly believe they played as hard as they could play.
“Mayela (Armendariz) played as tough as anyone I’ve seen and left everything on the field.
“It was also good to see Parker Stephenson and Bailey Blaker start to play with a mission. Those younger girls have so much to learn and the older ones are so supportive.
“These girls are the true definition of team.”
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