Bock, Cade help Lady Vols to home soccer win

Mia Kate Cade waits for action to resume during Monday's soccer match for Starkville Academy against Columbus Christian.

Staff Writer

Kaitlyn Bock provided an immediate spark for the Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers on the soccer field Monday.

Looking to bounce back from a disappointing 5-0 loss to Heritage Academy on the road last week, the Lady Vols were looking to get the bad taste out of their mouths.

Bock was a part of making that happen when she scored the first goal of the match and Starkville Academy defeated Columbus Christian 3-0 at the Starkville Sportsplex.

The win keeps the Lady Vols in playoff contention as they improved their records to 6-3-1 overall and 4-1 in District 2-AAA North.

After not being able to score against Heritage Academy, Starkville Academy coach Matthew Tremblay was happy to see Bock break the scoring ice against Columbus Christian.

"Kaitlyn did a good job," Tremblay said. "She got the first one for us so that released all of the tension we had."

Bock took a feed from Mia Kate Cade and found the back of the net for her third goal of the season for the Lady Vols.

"On our first play down there, (Cade) wasn't very confident in taking her corner kick, so she wanted me to come short and said just take a shot and see what happens," Bock said. "I just took a shot."

To go along with her assist, Cade also scored a pair of goals of her own later in the match.

Cade, who is only a freshman, said is developing confidence with each match, but said it also helps when "everybody is playing well."

Bock said Cade's play this season has been an encouragement to the rest of the squad.

"it brings a more positive attitude and keeps things lifted up to play better," Bock said. "We'll be down some and don't want to play, but if we play as a team, then we play better.
"I think we had better effort (Monday) and I think we worked better as a team overall."

The loss at Heritage was a motivating factor for Starkville Academy on Monday.

"We were upset about that (Heritage) game," Cade said. "We could have played better. We wanted to come out with a win and get to the playoffs. We need to win the last two district games."

The Lady Vols travel to Kirk Academy for another district match today, then host Magnolia Heights on Thursday.