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CHS boys fall to Wesson, girls get win

NATCHEZ — A more enthused second half for the Cathedral High School boys soccer team was not enough to propel the Green Wave in a 1-0 loss against Wesson High School Friday.

Cathedral played what coach Dennis Hogue called a sloppy first half, falling behind 1-0 to Wesson. Though the team played better in the second 40 minutes, Cathedral was unable to score, falling to 2-7 on the season, 1-4 in Region 6-1A/2A/3A.

“We played uninspired in the first half,” Hogue said. “We weren’t being physical enough; we weren’t challenging enough.”

Cathedral’s Daniel Garrity kicks the ball away from Wesson’s Manuel Arzate in the second half of the MHSAA District 6-1A/2A/3A game against Wesson High School Friday. Wesson won, 1-0. (Brittney Lohmiller \ The Natchez Democrat)
Cathedral’s Daniel Garrity kicks the ball away from Wesson’s Manuel Arzate in the second half of the MHSAA District 6-1A/2A/3A game against Wesson High School Friday. Wesson won, 1-0. (Brittney Lohmiller \ The Natchez Democrat)

Several starters were out for Cathedral, and Hogue said the remaining players were unable to get used to having to adjust to different positions.

“We were just scrambling to get a combination of guys that would work together and give us some opportunities, and they didn’t feel comfortable being out of position,” Hogue said.

Before the second half, Hogue challenged his players to play more physical, challenge more and have more purpose in their passes.

“They came out more inspired,” Hogue said. “They kept the ball on their end as much as they were on ours, and it was more of a fair fight all of a sudden. For lack of a better phrase, though, it was too little, too late.”

John Ashton Hicks sustained a knee injury for Cathedral at the end of regulation and is questionable for today’s game at Franklin County. With the loss, Hogue said his team would have to win out and hope other teams lose in order to have a shot at the playoffs.

“That’s really unlikely,” Hogue admitted.

Cathedral girls 4, Wesson 0

The Lady Green Wave remained undefeated in regional play with a 4-0 win against Wesson Friday.

Maddy Christian scored two of Cathedral’s goals, and Paige Foster and Emma Hogue both chipped in with a goal.

Lady Green Wave coach Donovan Silva said his team played well enough to win but struggled at times, since it was their first game back after the long Christmas break.

“The most important thing was to get a win, which we did,” Silva said.

The Lady Green Wave (6-2, 5-0) will play at Franklin County today, and Silva said the Lady Bulldogs would pose a significant challenge.

“It’s always between us and them for No. 1 and 2 in the district,” Silva said. “As long as we play up to our potential, we can give them a good run for their money.”

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