Thursday, September 22, 2011
Lady Patriots fall in OT
The Marshall Academy soccer team lost three road games last week, including one in overtime at Canton.
The Lady Patriots dropped a 6-0 decision at Indianola Academy Thursday.
“The first half was our best half of soccer all year,” coach Lance McGregor said. “We played a very good Indianola team tooth and nail.”
Indianola scored two goals in the first half and four in the second half.
Coach McGregor said the effort was not there in the second half by some of his Lady Patriots.
“This was the only time all year that I’ve been just outright upset with any of my players,” he said.
He said Mayela Armendariz played her “best game of the year.” He also praised the play of Vicky Farris, Maria Lemons, Ashika Bhakta and M.C. Hutchens.
The Lady Patriots lost the first game of a twinbill, 5-2, Saturday at Canton.
“We were absolutely terrible in the first half,” McGregor said. “I’m not sure what it is about Saturday mornings, but we just can’t seem to get it going.”
Canton scored all of its goals in the first half.
He complimented the first-half efforts of Hutchens and Emma Elgin.
In the second half, he said his Lady Patriots responded after a “heart-to-heart talk” and scored two goals.
The first came from Armendariz and the latter from Bhakta.
“I was really proud of the way the girls woke up and answered,” McGregor said. “It was really nice to see the smiles on the two girls’ faces after their goals and to see the confidence start to flow.”
The MA girls then came out and fought hard in the nightcap before falling 3-1 in OT.
Canton scored early, but Bhakta scored the equalizer later in the half.
In the second half, the Lady Pats had a couple more good scoring opportunities – one just missing the mark and another stopped by “amazing play” by Canton’s goalkeeper, McGregor said.
“M.C. (Hutchens) gave us some great opportunities as did Emma (Elgin),” he said. “You could tell they changed up their game plan because Emma and Ashika really started drawing a lot of attention.”
He also said Faith Lafever, Lane Cunningham and Hutchens had solid defensive games.
In overtime, Canton scored a goal in the first 10 minutes and another in the second 10 for the win.
“We once again played shorthanded today with 10 girls, and we had just worn down,” McGregor said. “The tanks were dry.
“We wanted to win but everyone knew we left it all on the field, and the girls drew some heavy compliments from the Canton coach. To be able to compete like we did with 10 girls was awesome.”
MA, still searching for its first win, was scheduled to close its season Tuesday of this week with a trip to Manchester Academy.
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