Natchez soccer gets split

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 14, 2004

BROOKHAVEN &045; Natchez High’s boys’ soccer team dropped a hard-fought decision to Loyd Star Saturday, 2-0.

The Bulldogs had 13 shots to the Hornets’ 15, but the Loyd Star converted once on a corner kick and another nice shot that just got by goalkeeper Jeremy Buckles’ fingertips for a goal.

The Bulldogs couldn’t convert on a penalty kick and two shots that were just off target.

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&uot;I’m very pleased with my guys’ performance,&uot; NHS head coach Dennis Hogue said. &uot;They’re playing more like a team and moving the ball much better. Moving John Isaac to midfielder has made a big difference. His speed and touch gets many more balls in front of our opponent’s goal.

&uot;We’re still fine-tuning players and positions, but things are really moving in a positive direction and it shows. The guys seem less frustrated and are really beginning to have fun, and ultimately that’s my goal.&uot;

NHS girls 3, Loyd Star 0

BROOKHAVEN &045; Sarah Weaver, Jessica Evans and Jadtrl Heard each found the back of the net for the Lady Bulldogs in the win over Loyd Star.

The Lady Bulldogs controlled the ball for most of the game despite having four starters out to improve their record to 2-2.

McComb boys 4, Cathedral 1

MCCOMB &045; Up against a Class 4A program, the Green Wave played a better second half than a first half and competed better against the Tigers.

But by the time the break came, McComb was sitting solid with a 3-0 lead.

The Tigers got on the board first when Stewart Able put in one in the net in the 33rd minute, and James Lewis scored in the 24th minute for a 2-0 lead. Lewis came back with another in the 15th minute.

The Green Wave got its goal first in the second half when Andy Taunton scored on an assist from Eric Hollowell in the 10th minute. Harrison Burns set it up with a free kick into the box to Hollowell.

McComb 3, CHS girls 0

MCCOMB &045; The Lady Tigers got all three goals in the first half before the Lady Wave played them better in the second half.

&uot;We shut them down in the second half,&uot; Lady Wave head coach David Gaud said. &uot;We were a little battered from last night’s game.&uot;