OLA blanks Clarksdale 7-0 to advance to second round
By Joseph W. Gex, II
Jan 31, 2014, 17:58
The Our Lady Academy Crescents have had their minds set on one thing this entire off-season and regular season of high school girls soccer. They want to get back to the state title game which up until last season was the final game of the program’s season each year since 2000.
But, last year Sacred Heart defeated the Crescents in the Class 1A/2A/3A South State championship game keeping them from their yearly appearance in the Clinton finale.
On Thursday, the Crescents took that first step in returning to the classic that they have made famous when they defeated Clarksdale by a touchdown score of 7-0.
OLA head coach Andie Thornton commented, “Our girls have been focused on one thing since the loss last year, and that is getting back to the state finals. Perhaps along the way, we will get a shot at Sacred Heart but more importantly we want to get back to the finals. Tonight was our first step in that direction. We came out ready to play hard and focused.”
The Crescents (15-2-2) led 3-0 at halftime on goals by Tiffany Jones, Georgia Williams and Brittney Laurent. Thornton stated, “Our offense has really come together. They are playing with a lot of confidence and they are finishing their opportunities at the net. But, that does not mean that our defense is lacking. Maycee Scardino and Sarah Rimmer are leading our defense along with keeper Victoria Power.”
In the second half, Jones added two more goals to tally a hat trick in the game while Williams added her second goal and Maggie Kowalski also scored to add to her two assists on the night.
Thornton ended, “The fan support tonight was a big help to our girls. Our crowds have increased throughout the season and the girls have enjoyed their presence. It helps push our girls.”
The Crescents advance to the second round of the state playoffs against the winner of Madison-St. Joe/Franklin County on the road today.
The Crescents have won eight state soccer championships and played in 13 of 14 state soccer finals since 2000.
In other soccer action today, the Rocks will host Newton County if they defeated North Pike on Friday evening in Class 4A action. If North Pike won the first round game, the Rocks will have to travel today. The Bay High Tigers travel to West Lauderdale today in second round Class 4A action.
The Bay High Lady Tigers hosted Northeast Jones in first round action last night but game details were not available by press time.