Lady Vols rally for soccer victory over rival

Mia Kate Cade

For Starkville Daily News

The most important kick for the Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers didn't come in extra time on Tuesday.

Even though Starkville Academy defeated the Heritage Academy Lady Patriots on penalty kicks 3-2 (3-2) at the Starkville Sportsplex, the biggest score came off of Mia Cade’s, a freshman midfielder, right boot.

Midway through the second half, a cross was halfway cleared to the edge of the Lady Vols attacking third.

That is when Cade stepped up and put her boot through the ball on a half volley giving Starkville Academy the comeback it fought so hard for and drawing the game at 2-2.

“I just saw the open shot, and I really wanted to tie it because it’s a league game,” Cade said. “So I saw that shot and took it and I’m really glad I did. We all worked hard, it was a good cross from Anna Claire (Heflin).”

The Lady Vols (6-2-1, 1-1 league) started off on the wrong foot against Heritage Academy (6-2, 1-1 league) as they conceded two goals midway through the first half. Both goals were scored by Hailey Barker, a senior forward, and made it a 2-0 deficit at halftime.

However Starkville Academy did not let that keep it down going into the second half. In fact the Lady Vols responded with a much higher intensity and desperation in their play. That is something that head coach Matthew Tremblay noticed in his squad.

“I’m just happy at the girls work ethic coming out of halftime,” Tremblay said. “I talked to them and then they worked through it. We just had to play the way we knew how to play.”

Starkville Academy fought back to score two goals one by Lake Little and the other by Cade as he volley tied up the score. Both goals came from balls played out to the right hand side of the pitch.
“We mainly played down the right because we have a strong right midfielder, and that is just where we had the possession to play it through," Tremblay said.

The Lady Vols got out to a tough start in penalty kicks as they missed two out of their first three shots, but Heritage gave them life and allowed Cade to step up and make the winning penalty for the Vols.

“I was really nervous, last year I had to go first because I was really nervous,” Cade said. “I just wanted to get this win and put it in the back of the net.”

The fans got free extra soccer, a two-goal comeback, and a penalty shootout all in one night, and for Tremblay, the experience was very similar.

“It was fun," Tremblay said. "I just picked the girls I thought were going to do it. All my girls could have made those kicks, (but) we just try to pick the ones that can do it. The fans showed up and that was great, it was the best turnout this season.”

Starkville Academy will play Lamar School on Sept. the 6th in its next match with kick off set for 5 p.m. at the Sportsplex in Starkville.