Cathedral, Natchez split games in soccer matchups

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NATCHEZ — Two soccer matchups between Cathedral and Natchez High School Monday offered mixed results with similar game play.

The Natchez boys defeated the Cathedral boys 3-2, while the Cathedral girls were victorious in a 4-1 bout against Natchez. Cathedral soccer coach Dennis Hogue said Cathedral held an advantage in ball control in both games, but Natchez had a clear speed advantage.

“They can be frustrating to play because they hustle like it’s nobodies business,” Hogue said.

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While both games were competitive, Cathedral took home a 4-1 victory after Abby Brown scored twice and Paige Foster and Olivia Moore each added another. Natchez showed rust in both games, while Cathedral’s technical advantage led the way for a big Cathedral victory.

“It was a challenge for our girls because they were so quick,” Hogue said. “But we understood the passing lanes, and that gave us more opportunities. Natchez did have a few breakaways on us, though.”

In the boys matchup, Natchez head coach Dai Vu, who decided to return and coach the squad this year after leaving the club in 2013 over pay, was not pleased with the lack of technical proficiency exhibited on the field, however, he was pleased to see a 3-2 result in his team’s favor.

“We need to work on ball control a lot,” Vu said. “We’re not scoring easy goals, either. We just need more experience.”

Manuel Bonds scored two goals for the Bulldogs in the match, while Anthony Jones added one as well. Frederick Sanguinetti and Plattini Doan scored goals for Cathedral in the loss.