Cade scores winning goal to lift Lady Vols in soccer

Starkville Academy's Mia Kate Cade

Staff Writer

It was time for Aubree Campbell to return the favor.

After freshman Mia Kate Cade assisted on Campbell's first goal of the season Tuesday in a 2-0 win over Magnolia Heights School, Campbell found Cade with the winning goal on Thursday as the Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers defeated Indianola Academy 1-0 at the Starkville Sportsplex.

Cade and Campbell have been together on the team for just two years, but it has been long enough for them to develop some chemistry.

"I like her," Cade said of Campbell. "On the field, we're friends and we work well together."

Starkville Academy coach Matthew Tremblay saw what Cade and Campbell are capable of doing in the first two matches of the season.

He looks for continued improvement from the pair.

"They've been pretty good with passing to each other and trying to find spaces," Tremblay said. "I really want them to work a little bit more on connecting between all three phases of the game."

Cade's goal came with about a minute left in the match and capped off a good win for the Lady Vols. It had been a defensive struggle with the Lady Colonels up to that point.

Tremblay has been impressed with Cade's poise as a freshman to have already had an assist and a goal at a crucial time so early in her career.

"She's been good," Tremblay said. "Since the beginning of the year, she's been one of the ones I've been looking at for offensive input through the midfield."

Cade knows she is still the new kid on the block with much to learn and a nice group of veteran players around to lead.

She wants to put forth the best effort she can to help reward the seniors with a good season. With a 2-0 record, Starkville Academy is off to a good start.

"I just want to help the girls that are older because they've been here a long time," Cade said. "I want to make their last year better and I want to be as good as them one day. It's a team effort, but we're all doing really good. We've got some things to work on, but it's good."

Tremblay credited the effort of another freshman Anna Claire Heflin with her work on the right side to help open up space. He also liked the effort of Lake Little and Ellis Ann Jackson, who has come back from injury.

The Lady Vols will go on the road for the first time this season Friday with a 5:30 p.m. match against Hartfield Academy in Flowood.