SA SOCCER TREMBLAY

Starkville Academy head soccer coach Matthew Tremblay, left, discusses strategy with assistant Kyle Townsend during an earlier match this season. (Photo by Danny P. Smith, SDN)

Coach Matthew Tremblay has watched his Starkville Academy boys soccer team get better over the last few weeks.

As the postseason begins Monday, he hopes the best is yet to come.

The Volunteers travel to Bayou Academy for a 3 p.m. match and Tremblay likes the momentum going into the playoffs after finishing the regular season with a 3-0 victory over Magnolia Heights.

“We’ve been playing pretty well,” Tremblay said. “We had that one hiccup with Heritage, but we’ve really been hitting our stride lately.”

Tremblay has watched the chemistry of Starkville Academy get stronger down the stretch and has gotten good play from seniors Nathan Pollan, Brody Pierce and Bates Bennett.

“Our seniors have done a great job this year,” Tremblay said. “We’re coming together more and starting to understand some of the things I’ve been trying to work with the team with. We’re heading in the right direction and always improving every day.”

The Vols finished the regular season with an overall record of 6-4-3.

Tremblay said Bayou Academy will be a tough opponent and have talented players at left mid and center mid.

“They like to play it through them to get goals,” Tremblay said.

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