Starkville Academy girls lose first soccer match of season

Staff Writer

Thursday's 4-1 loss to Lamar School on the soccer field left a bad taste in the mouths of the Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers.

Even though they were disappointed they couldn't pull out a victory at the Starkville Sportsplex against their nemesis, the Lady Vols want to use it as a learning experience.

"(Thursday) we learned a lot from their team actually," Starkville Academy senior captain Milla Davis said. "They know really well how to pass the ball so that's why they are so hard to defend.

"We'll bounce back hard next week. We come back to practice on Monday and we want to improve on passing to feet. When we get the ball, we boot it down the field. We need to learn how to pass it to each other and the next game is all we are worried about."

The Lady Vols saw their overall record fall to 4-1, and coach JoJo Dodd hopes there are lessons being learned no matter what the results are.

Dodd said Lamar has an experienced team and should make his squad better.

"Iron sharpens iron so Lamar sharpens us," Dodd said. "They have a quality team and have played together for a long time since they were kids. Our season up to now, we've been winning so that covers up some of the mistakes we've made and we go home happy about it. Leaving here (Thursday night) disappointed, it will be good for them to reflect on where they need to make improvements. We can come back next week and practice three days. Hopefully, we'll respond from this with some improvements."

Amber Bock scored the only goal of the match for the Lady Vols.

Dodd is optimistic about how Starkville Academy handles the situation.

"I know they've got it," Dodd said about the character of his players. "It's easy when you are winning, so we'll see how they will respond with a little loss."

The Lady Vols host Starkville Home School next Thursday.