OCH Regional Medical Center Athlete of the Week: Bock

Amber Bock
Staff Writer

Amber Bock knows she can’t do anything without her teammates.
The Starkville Academy junior soccer player scored six goals in two matches last week, but credits the Lady Volunteers around her for making it happen.
“I’m trying to improve, but it only happens with the team,” Bock said. “In practice, we look for the open people. Normally me and Mia Kate (Cade) and one of my sisters Kaitlyn (Bock) can do that. We’ve learned the chemistry and built that together. We really don’t even have to talk anymore. We just think, go and keep your head on a swivel.”
For her performance last week, Bock was chosen the first OCH Athlete of the Week for the 2017-18 school year.
Starkville Academy coach JoJo Dodd said Bock is playing up top so she is going to get her opportunities to score goals.
After two matches, Dodd likes the way teammates are finding Bock for assists.
“She’s hungry,” Dodd said. “She’s ready to eat, so just feed her and she’ll score. The middle of the field did well too making good passes and getting it ready for her.”
Bock scored a pair of goals as the Lady Vols opened the season with a 3-1 victory over Bayou Academy, then followed that up with four more scores against Indianola Academy in a 6-2 win.
Dodd may have only been Bock’s coach for a short time, but has seen enough over the last few months to know that he’s got a pretty good player on his hands.
“She’s very aggressive and hustles a lot,” Dodd said. “I wasn’t sure what that would turn into during the game, but obviously she does well with that.
“She is leading the team as well, not only in goals, but in that example of what hustle looks like and what looking for the ball looks like.”
Bock was well-prepared coming into the season after attending several camps during the summer.
She looks forward to what the rest of the season will hold. Starkville Academy is scheduled to host Columbus Christian Thursday.
“Mainly it’s about building the chemistry and that’s what we’ve been doing over the weeks of practice,” Bock said. “That’s how we win a game.”