Starkville Academy soccer coach Robert Gardner knew how important senior day was for captain Davis Pigg.
Prior to Christmas, Pigg experienced the death of his father Jason and has dedicated each win in memory of him.
On Friday, Pigg scored a pair of goals as the Volunteers shut out Parklane Academy 8-0 in the final regular season home match at the Starkville Sportsplex.
"It was another win for my dad and that's what I'm playing for," Pigg said. "We honored him with his name on the field. For the team, it's another win in the record book and moves us further along in the conference."
Gardner knew it was an emotional day for Pigg and gave him a big bear hug following the match.
"Davis is a fantastic young man," Gardner said. "I look at him and all he's had to deal with. With me being 28, I wouldn't have been able to deal with it as well as he has. I'm going to miss him and he's a wonderful young man."
Normally a goal keeper, Pigg has an opportunity to play in the field for SA against Parklane. He was happy to be able to provide some scoring.
"A lot of times as goalie, you are just standing there, but you are more interaction in the field," Pigg said. "I like being able to move the ball around with our players and have a chance to score. It's good to get out of the goal every once in a while."
Pigg was a part of a very productive performance for the senior Vols. In fact, the result could be referred to as SA seniors 8, Parklane 0.
"That's the senior class in a nutshell," Gardner said. "They have meant so much to this team over three years. Obviously, being the biggest class from when I first came in, naturally, I'm going to have more of a connection with them.
"They are just fantastic kids and I have the utmost respect for them and their accomplishments. With 12 wins to this point this season is something we haven't done. Their leadership and qualities as a team is fantastic."
Along with Pigg's points, Matt Jones had a hat trick with three goals, while Drew Pellum, Zach Slaughter and Colby Henderson had one goal each. The other seniors are Austin Miles, Matthew Christensen, Colby Runnels and Campbell Dobbs.
There's no rest for the Vols, who improved to 12-1-1 overall and 9-1 in Class AAA, Division 2. They play at Copiah Academy today.