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CHS boys, girls soccer gets shutout

Cathedral's Mary Frances Session, right, congratulates teammate Abby Brown in scoring the first goal of the game against Crystal Springs. Both Sessions and Brown scored as Cathedral defeated Crystal Springs, 5-0. (Brittney Lohmiller \ The Natchez Democrat)
Cathedral’s Mary Frances Session, right, congratulates teammate Abby Brown in scoring the first goal of the game against Crystal Springs. Both Sessions and Brown scored as Cathedral defeated Crystal Springs, 5-0. (Brittney Lohmiller \ The Natchez Democrat)

NATCHEZ — The Cathedral High School girls soccer team took more than 30 shots on goal and limited Crystal Springs to less than five in a 5-0 win Tuesday night.

Mary Francis Sessions scored two of the Lady Green Wave’s five goals, and Abby Brown, Alexandra Person and Emma Hogue each added a goal.

Cathedral girls soccer coach Beth Foster said she was pleased with her team’s ability to create shots during the game.

“They played very well,” Foster said, citing the team’s more than 30 shots on goal. “We still have a few things to work on, like shooting long distance.”

Brown scored the first goal for Cathedral with 23:30 left in the first half. Sessions followed her up with her first goal at the 13:40 mark, and Person added a goal with 8:17 to go before the half. The Lady Green Wave made it 4-0 at intermission when Hogue scored with 2:50 remaining on the clock.

“We like to spread it out,” Foster said of the team’s scoring. “One of the girls told me they felt so bad (about scoring too much) and wanted to spread it around.”

Sessions added her second goal with 20:04 remaining in the second half.

“There’s a big difference from last year to this year,” Sessions said after the game. “We’ve worked a lot harder, and everyone has gotten a lot better.”

On scoring two goals, Sessions credited the rest of her teammates with being able to work together and create opportunities for one another.

“We all had good teamwork,” Sessions said. “We were passing more instead of keeping it to ourselves, and we communicated better. We didn’t communicate in the tournament two weeks ago, and we lost the first game.”

On having more than 30 shots on goal, Sessions said it goes back to how the team practices every day.

Cathedral's Paige Foster dribbles to ball past Tatiana Jessie of Crystal Springs in the first half of their game Tuesday. (Brittney Lohmiller \ The Natchez Democrat)
Cathedral’s Paige Foster dribbles to ball past Tatiana Jessie of Crystal Springs in the first half of their game Tuesday. (Brittney Lohmiller \ The Natchez Democrat)

“We practice that a lot, trying to get past the defense and get open shots,” she said. “We have some strong kickers that can shoot from a distance.”

Brown suffered a right ankle injury during the second half and was taken to the hospital for further tests. The team was already without midfielder Maddy Christian due to a meniscus injury.

Cathedral (1-1, 1-0) will play at Franklin County Friday.

Cathedral boys 3, Crystal Springs 0

A strong start for the Green Wave led to a 3-0 win against Crystal Springs Tuesday, with John Ashton Hicks accounting for two of Cathedral’s three goals.

Hicks scored his first goal to make it 1-0 off an assist by Weston Diamond. Late in the first half, Platini Doan added a goal to put Cathedral ahead 2-0 at intermission.

Hicks scored again in the second half on a free kick that he placed in the upper left corner of the goal, just out of reach of Crystal Springs’ keeper. Green Wave goalie Nic Webb had the shutout.

Cathedral boys coach Dennis Hogue said the plan was to play aggressive and spread the ball out instead of trying to match speed with Crystal Springs.

“I was pleased,” Hogue said. “We stuck to the plan. We did good hustle-wise, but the wind was against us in the first half, so you really had to get close to get some shots off. In the second half (when we switched goals), we took advantage of that, and it really made it easy for Nic.”

Hogue estimated Crystal Springs took a dozen shots on goal, while his team took approximately 16 or 17.

Cathedral (1-1, 1-0) will play at Franklin County Friday.