Thursday, August 8, 2013
Marshall drops road contest
By BARRY BURLESON
Marshall Academy gave a quality Manchester soccer squad all in could handle on the road last week.
“Overall, I felt we grew as a team and did some really good things,” said coach Lance McGregor, talking about a strong effort in the 3-1 loss at Yazoo City. “We are competing and I’ve told the girls we must continue to improve each game.”
“Manchester had won their first game of the season 11-0 and is always at the top of the division, so to be able to play them closely is a testament to the hard work and dedication the team has shown thus far.”
The Lady Mavericks, who McGregor said had good quickness and passed the ball well, struck first versus MA Tuesday, July 30. The goal came about 10 minutes into the game.
“We lost balance on defense and allowed a girl to get into the box,” he said.
Five minutes later, Marshall Academy’s Peyton Stephenson scored her first career goal off M.C. Hutchens’ corner kick.
“It felt great to score my first goal,” Peyton Stephenson said. “I think we did really well. We were playing a really good team.”
Manchester scored again about 30 minutes into the game and took a 2-1 lead into the half.
“In the second half our girls made some adjustments and played with more energy and purpose, and we battled,” McGregor said.
He said Manchester was able to score an additional goal late “as we wore down and got sloppy.”
McGregor praised the defensive effort of his Lady Patriots, which limited the quality of Manchester’s shots.
“Abby Sanders gave us another quality game in goal,” he said. “Maggie Livingston did a nice job on the edge and M.C. Hutchens and Bailey Blaker got us out of trouble a few times.
“Parker Stephenson stepped up and gave us the leadership in the middle we’ve been lacking and Peyton Stephenson played with great energy.
“Audrey Poole made some nice passes to give us some offensive opportunities. Allison Cratin appears set to be that quick-striking option we’ve been lacking. Kelli Rhea and Mary Neely Jones stepped their games up in the second half.”
Coach McGregor said his team must keep its energy level up.
“We just have to keep working hard in practice and we will eventually be able to finish these games,” he said. “The girls are having fun. We can’t settle, but I’m pleased with what I’ve seen thus far.”
The Lady Patriots (0-2) hosted Manchester this past Monday on the MA campus.
They host Indianola Wednesday of this week, Aug. 7, at 5 p.m. and then travel to Immanuel Friday, Aug. 9, for a 7 p.m. game.
Next Monday, Aug. 12, they go to Lee (Clarksdale) for a 5:30 p.m. matchup.
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