Smith on Sports: Lady Vols look to carry on soccer tradition

Danny P. Smith

Staff Writer

Not even a little bit of rain was going to put a damper on the season-opening soccer match for the Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers on Tuesday.

If you haven't noticed, the Lady Vols have built quite a tradition in soccer over the last few years and it looks like they are going to have another solid season.

It remains to be seen if Starkville Academy has enough firepower to reach its third-consecutive state championship match, but it still remains a talented group. From what I saw during Tuesday's match, the Lady Vols are still capable of playing good soccer.

That's mainly due to their defense.

Starkville Academy was known to lock down on opponents last year and seeing a goose egg on the opponents side of the stat sheet was not an uncommon thing.

When the Lady Vols blanked Magnolia Heights School 2-0 in the first match of the season, it was not a surprising result.

Magnolia Heights had a difficult time getting the soccer ball into scoring position and when it threatened to score, Starkville Academy goal keeper Meri Laci Archer was there to scoop it up.

Archer, a junior, is one of the leaders for the Lady Vols and she is very good at what she does. There won't be many goals scored against her this season.

Scoring is going to be key for Starkville Academy.

Senior Aubree Campbell did a good job of that for the Lady Vols against Magnolia Heights with a goal off an assist by Mia Kate Cade in the first half and another on a penalty kick.

If Starkville Academy can step up its offensive game, then we could very well witness another state championship run for the girls program.

Coach Matthew Tremblay has plenty of soccer knowledge to throw the Lady Vols' way and he demands the best out of them.

it's not uncommon for private school soccer teams to play three and sometimes four matches in a week, so Starkville Academy should get plenty of chances to improve.

The Lady Vols will receive a very strong test on Thursday at home against Indianola Academy.

it will be interesting to see if Starkville Academy can step up its game another notch and pull off a key win early in the season.

Danny P. Smith is sports editor and columnist for the Starkville Daily News. The opinions in this column are his and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Daily News or its staff.