Starkville Academy blanks Magnolia Heights School 2-0 in girls soccer

Meri Laci Archer, left, and Anna Card of Starkville Academy visit during Tuesday's match.

Staff Writer

There may be a new coach on the sideline for Starkville Academy soccer, but that hasn't changed the ability for the Lady Volunteers to get shutouts.

In Tuesday's season opener, Starkville Academy defeated Magnolia Heights School 2-0. Most of the match was played through a light rain at the Starkville Sportsplex.

It was the first loss of the season for Magnolia Heights, which fell to 3-1-1.

Senior Aubree Campbell, who scored both goals for the Lady Vols, was glad to see there was no letdown with the defense the team has been used to seeing.

"I think our defense was strong as always," Campbell said. "The past four years we've had a very strong defense and that continued."

Even though Starkville Academy didn't give up any goals, head coach Matthew Tremblay saw some areas to work on defensively.

It was still pretty much what he expected from a first match.

"We played good as a team," Tremblay said. "We did OK with possession, but we can do better."

Campbell scored the first goal off an assist by Mia Kate Cade in the first half.

"Mia Kate did a good pass for the first goal," Tremblay said.

In the second half, Campbell scored again on a penalty kick.

Campbell said Tremblay emphasized being aggressive and not being "scared" when the soccer ball is in the air.

"We've been working on that and I think we handled that well (Tuesday)," Campbell said. "We have a lot of work to do up top. Other than that, I think it's going to be a pretty solid season."

The Lady Vols get right back on the home pitch Thursday when Indianola Academy comes to town for a 5 p.m. match.