Thursday, October 3, 2013
Young MA team ‘makes strides’
By BARRY BURLESON
The Marshall Academy soccer team wrapped up its season last week with a pair of losses.
They fell 6-0 to Kirk and 7-0 to Magnolia Heights.
The very young team, with no seniors and just two juniors, finished 1-13.
“The season had its shares of ups and downs and we feel like there were three or four more games we should have walked away from as victors, but those are learning lessons and reasons to get back up and keep working to that goal,” coach Lance McGregor said. “Overall, I’m proud of the strides this team made over the season.”
He said other coaches have praised the Lady Patriots.
“It has been really pleasant to hear other coaches say good things about our girls this year,” McGregor said. “I have had several say they are impressed with what they are doing at their age and how they play the game right. I just feel like this is a great compliment to the girls.”
Marshall dropped a 6-0 decision to Kirk Monday, Sept. 23, in Grenada.
“Hats off to Kirk and what they accomplished this season,” he said. “They worked harder than any team we’ve faced and they play the game very clean and with a lot of respect.”
He said once again his Lady Pats were inconsistent with their play and gave up four goals that should have never happened.
“We had several opportunities to score but again showed an inability to score,” McGregor said. “We have to avoid the hesitation in the future and get stronger shots.”
He said Kelli Rhea and Allison Cratin both had good looks at the goal that were set up by nice passes from Audrey Poole.
MA then concluded the 2013 campaign with a 7-0 setback versus Magnolia Heights Tuesday, Sept. 24, in Senatobia.
“We allowed several preventable goals in this game,” he said. “We had streaks where we played really well and other streaks where we played really badly.
“The game would have been closer, but I sold out on our defense to see how some players looked in different positions and began to work on some things as we prepare for next year.”
McGregor said his young squad has to stick together and get stronger in the off-season.
“We have to make the same strides (in the off-season) that we did over the course of the year,” he said. “We are already lining up some games for next summer to prepare for the season and the girls appear to be in really good spirits.
“This season flew and we have some girls beaten up and banged up. It will be good for some of them to get a little rest, but it won’t be long until we have to begin preparations for next season.”
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