Thunderstorms force ACCS soccer match to be postponed
NATCHEZ — The Adams County Christian School soccer team was just getting into the groove of things when dark clouds swept in and thunder started roaring Friday in their game against Park Place Christian Academy.
Rain forced the match to stop between 25 and 30 minutes in, and the game was ultimately postponed, with a makeup date yet to be determined.
ACCS fell behind 2-0 to the Lady Crusaders before going into the 20-minute mark, and head coach Jimmy Allgood said there was a lack of aggression from his team.
“We have to attack more when the ball is a 50-50 opportunity,” Allgood said. “Some players were just sitting back and waiting to see what will happen with the ball.”
The first goal was scored within the first five minutes of the game by Alexie Knott, as she stole the ball from a Lady Rebel defender before sprinting down the field with two blue jerseys chasing her before scoring.
During the first timeout of the match, Allgood told his players the reason the fast break happened was because the Park Place players were in their right positions and ACCS was not.
The second Park Place goal was scored on a put-back by Bailey Steen when Allayna Vaughn’s kick ricocheted off of keeper Emily Williams and right into position for Steen to kick it into the net to extend the lead 2-0.
At the 20-minute mark, Allgood explained to his team that they must become more aggressive if they wanted to make a comeback.
Within the next five minutes, ACCS started to kick things into gear.
“It seems like when our girls get down 2-0, their intensity really turns up,” Allgood said. “When our girls play aggressive, they match up with powerhouse programs.”
ACCS player Karrigan Eidt said her teammates seem to get motivated more when they’re down.
“We figure out that we need to kick it into high gear because if we wait until we’re down 6-0, there’s no chance of coming back,” Eidt said.
Eidt said their defense really made the difference in the last five minutes of the game.
“Our defense was playing harder,” she said. “We were getting more people to step up on offense because when it’s just three people trying to score, it’s difficult to match their numbers.”
Though the Lady Rebels were just getting warmed up, the rain started to pour down, and all players and coaches evacuated to the field house before the game was postponed.
“We took four shot attempts in the last five minutes compared to just two in the first 20 minutes of play,” Allgood said. “The rain just came at an unfortunate time.”
Allgood said the game will continue, but the makeup date won’t be decided when until later next week.
The Lady Rebels will return to the field against Central Hinds Academy at 5 p.m. Tuesday.