Cathedral girls’ soccer lands first win Monday, 2-0 over Brookhaven

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 5, 2003

NATCHEZ &045; Cathedral’s Lady Wave soccer team posted its first win of the season Monday by downing Brookhaven, 2-0, in a non-division game.

The Lady Wave got goals from Kate Ellard and Alex Roberts while keeping the Lady Cougars scoreless to take the win and end its season-opening four-game losing streak.

&uot;They were excited and happy, and it was a good week for it to happen,&uot; Lady Wave head coach Christine Krupa said. &uot;I think after Friday (a 3-1 loss to Wesson) their confidence went up because they played really well against a really good team. They were happy on Friday, but they were still disappointed. Today they were happy we got the victory.&uot;

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The Lady Wave, who played with Nikki Middleton at goalkeeper with previous starter Jamie Greer nursing a sore knee, matched Brookhaven’s seven shots on goal in the first half. But Cathedral put one in with two minutes left when Ellard took a throw-in from Greer and put it in the goal for the 1-0 lead.

Then in the second half the Lady Wave got a goal from Roberts when she booted one from near the edge of the penalty box over the keeper’s head into the corner of the goal.

&uot;They were talented,&uot; Krupa said of Brookhaven. &uot;I think some things I told (the players) to work on they did in the game. They shot from farther out. A lot of times they would have a breakaway and have just the goalkeeper and would try to get up real close. I’ve told them to take shots before the opportunity passes.&uot;

Brookhaven out-shot Cathedral for the game, 15-10. The Lady Wave had a shot at a penalty kick in the first half with Ellard taking the honors, but the shot hit the top post and bounced away.

The referee, however, ruled Brookhaven’s keeper moved before Ellard took the kick and awarded her another shot. The goalkeeper then blocked her second shot.

In the boys’ game, the Green Wave were impressive in taking a 3-1 win over the Cougars as Palmer Rinehart scored all three goals. With 23 minutes left in the first half Rinehart scored on a breakaway for a 1-0 lead, and 16 minutes later he scored again on an assist from Nick Anderson for a 2-0 lead that stood until Brookhaven’s Tyler Alexander scored with two minutes left.

In the second half Rinehart scored with 13 minutes left for the 3-1 lead.