Cathedral stops Loyd Star

Published 9:26 am Saturday, January 13, 2007

Cathedral’s Kalin Kirkwood broke a scoreless game with a goal at the 12th minute of the second half, which turned out to be the game-winner as the Lady Green Wave defeated the Loyd Star Lady Hornets 1-0 Friday night.

Kirkwood scored on a low shot across the goal and into the far corner of the net. The defense did the rest as Cathedral (2-3 in Division 7-1A/2A/3A) limited Loyd Star to just two shots on goal the entire game.

“We dominated the first half. We just didn’t score,” Lady Green Wave head coach David Gaudé said. “They had one shot on goal and we had four. We played on their end of the field almost the entire game.”

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The second half was pretty much the same as far as shots on goal were concerned — Cathedral had six and Loyd Star had just one. While goalkeeper Abby Brown had a light game with two saves, the Lady Green Wave did have problems getting past the Lady Hornets’ defense until Kirkwood’s goal.

Natchez High boys 6, Wingfield 0

NATCHEZ — The combination of Ross Smith and Jeremy Buckles proved to be too much for the Falcons to handle as the two scored all of the Bulldogs’ goals as they remain undefeated in Division 6-5A.

Smith scored all four of his goals in a 23-minute span in the first half. He got an assist from Jered Anderson on his first goal at the 4th minute and assists from Kent Calvitt on his third and fourth goals at the 26th and 27th minutes, respectively.

In the 22nd minute, Smith took the ball at midfield, beat three defenders, and fired a bullet past the Wingfield goalkeeper.

“We controlled the ball almost the entire game,” Bulldogs head coach Dennis Hogue said. “Wingfield had brief moments of possession, but my guys were on their game and shut down anything they sent our way.”

Natchez High (7-5, 4-0) took a 4-0 halftime lead and it could have been more lopsided had it not been for the play of Wingfield’s goalie, who made 10 saves in the first half.

In the second half, Hogue took Buckles out of goal and to center midfield. The move paid dividends as Buckles scored two goals.

“That’s the only place to put him because the guy just goes everywhere,” Hogue said. “He is so fast that he makes plays on defense, gets the ball at midfield, an give and go later and he is picking his shot at the goal.”

The first one was at the 7th minute after Anderson’s shot was blocked following a crossing pass by Esteban Roman. Buckles scored again at the 29th when he took a pass from Dustin Adams, shook a defender out of his shoes, and cranked a shot past the goalie.

“I think he was thankful he didn’t hit him with it,” Hogue said.

Cathedral boys 1, Loyd Star 0

BROOKHAVEN — In yet another defensive battle between the Green Wave and the Hornets, John O’Beirne provided the game’s only goal at the 22nd minute of the second half to give Cathedral a key Division 7-1A/2A/3A win.

O’Beirne scored on a throw-in when the ball deflected off a player and he shot it into the net.

“It was strictly a defensive struggle,” Green Wave head coach Rick Freeman said. “We seemed to have a hard time getting goals against their defense. We were fortunate we managed to prevail in this one.”

Cathedral (6-4-2, 5-1) kept the ball on Loyd Star’s side of the field for most of the game. But as Freeman noted, every time the Green Wave was just a pass away from scoring, Hornets sweeper Cass Sellers kept stepping in and stopped them.

“We pretty much controlled the game,” Freeman said. “We had a lot of scoring opportunities.”