Thursday, August 14, 2014
MA soccer team second in tourney
By BARRY BURLESON
Coach Lance McGregor said his Marshall Academy Lady Patriots played with passion Saturday.
The result was a second-place finish in the Washington School Tournament at Greenville.
“The girls battled so hard and earned a lot of respect,” he said. “I couldn’t be prouder of them. These girls have a different attitude about them. They’ve been backed in a corner so long and are coming out swinging and they want to earn respect because no one is going to give it to them.”
Adams Christian 2 MA 1
The Lady Pats carried a 1-0 lead into the half in game one of the tourney but couldn’t hang on.
“We absolutely dominated at times,” McGregor said. “We have to capitalize on our opportunities when they present themselves.”
Audrey Poole scored for MA on an unassisted goal.
“We left three goals just sitting on the field that were there for the taking,” he said.
The coach said several girls played well, mentioning Kelli Rhea, Addisyn Hughes, Abby Sanders, Parker Stephenson, M.C. Hutchens, Montana Easley and Sydney Briscoe.
MA 2 Bayou 1
The Marshall girls fell behind 1-0 early on a misplayed ball but showed some grit in a successful rally.
“We were fouled a few times hard and the girls decided they absolutely wanted it,” McGregor said.
He said Hutchens broke through with some really good ball work and scored on a left-footed shot.
“Our attack was good, our passes were quicker, and to just be honest, we were a different team,” the coach said.
Kaci Calderon scored the deciding goal with about six minutes left and just missed on a couple of other shots.
“Our girls had a completely different look on their faces,” McGregor said. “They looked confident and excited.”
MA 1 Washington 1
The Class A Lady Patriots played Class AAA Washington to a draw in their third game of the day.
“I was probably more excited about this tie than the win the previous game,” he said. “What I enjoyed most about this was the fact that we were playing in our third game in three hours and they (the Lady Generals) were only playing their second game. The girls were hurting and kept fighting. I really believe every single girl played quality minutes in this match.”
Washington took a 1-0 lead in the first half.
MA scored the equalizing goal with 20 minutes remaining. Calderon made a “pretty cross,” McGregor said, and Hughes “made a shot that was just as pretty into the top left corner.”
He said the team’s energy was extremely exciting.
“These girls are learning how to take pride in what they are doing,” he said.
East Rankin 7 MA 0
The Lady Pats had to take on another big school, East Rankin, in the championship game and managed to put up a good fight early before losing by seven.
“For the first 15 minutes, we gave them all they could handle and had a couple of opportunities to take a lead,” Coach McGregor said. “They were very good and they had a couple of girls that were so much faster than any of our girls. We just wore down and couldn’t hold containment.”
He said girls left the field in tears, not because they were upset, but because they were physically hurting.
“Blake Martin played in goal for us today and came up with some big saves,” he said.
“Abby Sanders played midfield and I was really proud of the way she took the position and provided a spark.”
Named to the all-tournament team were Hutchens, Calderon and Easley.
Coach McGregor said the “Play of the Day” went to Hughes, who is “really starting to understand her position and has become such a scoring threat.”
Manchester 7 MA 0
Also last week, Marshall dropped a game by seven at Manchester.
“We just didn’t show up to play,” the coach said about the loss on Thursday. “We had probably more opportunities to score than they did, but didn’t execute.”
Manchester had one girl who scored five goals.
“She was supposed to be marked at all times, and we let her get free,” he said.
The Lady Patriots (1-4-1) was scheduled to visit Lee (Clarksdale) Monday and hosted Magnolia Heights Tuesday. Next Monday, Aug. 18, they host Immanuel at 5 p.m.
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