Starkville loses region soccer matches

Starkville's Nick Hollis
For Starkville Daily News

Coming off hot starts to the season, the Starkville Yellowjackets and Lady Jackets opened district play against the Madison Central Jaguars with the hopes of continuing their success.

In a lopsided contest, the Lady Jackets had opportunities but were unable to score until the final minutes of the contest, dropping a 6-1 decision.

“This definitely wasn’t our best performance,” SHS girls coach J.T. Coward said. “We knew Madison Central was a very talented team and when they scored a couple of goals early, it basically deflated the mood that we had.
“Moving forward, I think that we can build off of the fact that we tied them 1-1 in the second half.”

In the 9th minute, Madison Central drew first blood with a goal from Cady Lloyd.

The Lady Jaguars belted another goal in the 13th minute off the foot of Savannah Turner to extend the lead to 2-0.

Madison Central’s lead grew to 3-0 in the 21st minute on a chip shit from Sara Martin Myers.

In the 33rd minute, Lloyd scored her second goal of the night to make it a 4-0 lead for the Lady Jaguars.

Things didn’t get any better for the Lady Jackets in the 37th minute as Myers punched in her second goal of the contest and Madison Central led 5-0 at the break.

The Lady Jackets avoided the shutout in the 74th minute on a free kick from Skylar Miller cutting the lead to 5-1. 

In the 77th minute, Madison Central chipped in another goal off a header from Victoria Klauser making the score 6-1 until the final whistle. 

The loss snapped a 3-game win streak for Starkville and dropped its record to 6-2 and 0-1 in district play.

For the Jackets, the boys contest proved to be very competitive in the first half and drew a scoreless tie at the break aided by six saves from goalkeeper Peyton Rogers.

In the second half, the tie was broken in the 45th minute on a goal from Madison Central’s Fabien Barker for a 1-0 lead. 

The Jaguars added another goal in the 59th minute with a free kick from Cameron Moser extending the lead to 2-0.

In the 77th minute, Madison Central’s Christian Berry scored to extend the lead to 3-0 for the remainder of play.

“It’s always tough losing, but I thought our kids played well,” SHS boys coach Rob Fyke said. “It was a very competitive first half and Peyton was outstanding with all of the saves. Going forward, we need to build off of positives from this game and get ready to play (Friday night).”

The loss snapped a three-game win streak for the Jackets and dropped their record to 5-2 and 0-1 in district play.

Both teams are on the road Friday night at Saltillo.