Thursday, September 15, 2011
Lady Pats lose 1-0 to Chiefs
The Marshall Academy soccer squad dropped a hard-fought game to Magnolia Heights last week on “Senior Day.”
They also recently lost a twinbill to River Oaks and a single contest to Immanuel.
Mag. Hts. 1 MA 0
Coach Lance McGregor said his Lady Patriots outplayed the Lady Chiefs for 80 percent of the game.
“Their one goal came on the one time we played weak on defense,” he said.
“The first ten minutes I was really upset because we were bunching up and playing Magnolia’s game, and we know better than that. From that point on, we really controlled the ball and kept the pressure on them, especially in the second half.”
He said MA played well enough to win Thursday and it was “disheartening” to not get the win for the seniors.
They are Lane Cunningham, Emma Elgin, Mayela Armendariz, Ashika Bhakta and Maria Lemons.
“They’re all winners in my eyes and they played like it today, as did the entire team,” McGregor said.
“It’s just really good to hear other people come up and tell me how far these girls have come. I hear it from our fans and also from other coaches. There is very little negativity, if any, being said about these girls and their character. These young ladies are like a family and they really are special.”
Immanuel 6 MA 0
The Lady Patriots visited Steens on Tuesday of last week and lost to what McGregor called “a very solid team.”
“I felt like our attack was a lot better in this game and we had a few opportunities on goal but the girls just seemed to get a little bit too excited and did not connect with their kicks like they would have liked,” he said.
He said Lemons and Bhakta both got possession behind their last defenders and just missed.
He complimented the defense of Armendariz and Cunningham, who “did great jobs in goal and kept the score respectable.”
McGregor said M.C. Hutchens was “the best player of the field for this game” and played with great energy.
He also said Elgin showed a strong presence on defense.
“She is always doing the right thing,” McGregor said.
R. Oaks 8 MA 0
The Lady Patriots came out flat, the coach said, and lost the twinbill to River Oaks played at Delta State University in Cleveland on September 3.
“We are a lot better than we showed,” McGregor said.
He said the MA girls played better in the second game. He particularly liked the defensive effort of Bhakta, Elgin and Hutchens against River Oaks’ best player.
“She absolutely controlled the first game, but they did a nice job of minimizing her opportunities in the second game and slowing her down,” McGregor said.
Getting nice looks on goals were Bhakta and Hutchens. And he said Elgin and Cunningham did a good job of “getting the ball back up the field for us.”
“The girls played hard,” McGregor said, “but not with the energy levels they are capable of.”
The Lady Patriots go to Indianola Academy Thursday for a 4 p.m. contest and then go to Canton Academy Saturday at 11 a.m. for a twinbill. They travel to Manchester next Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 5:30 p.m.
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