Starkville Academy loses home soccer match

Starkville Academy soccer player Newt Thomas takes a break during Tuesday's match against Jackson Prep.

Sports Editor

It wasn’t the result that they wanted on the soccer field Tuesday night, but the effort was there defensively for the Starkville Academy Volunteers.

Even though the Vols dropped a 2-0 decision to Jackson Prep, they were encouraged by the way the defense played throughout the match.

“We gave up two cheap goals, but that was probably better than most people expected out of us,” Starkville Academy soccer coach Matthew Tremblay said.

Strong defense has been a trend for the Vols to start the season.

Senior Nathan Pollan of Starkville Academy was encouraged by what he saw against Prep.

“We are communicating pretty well,” Pollan said. “We played some solid defense in this game. That’s the best we’ve played against Prep since I’ve been here.

“We need more in the attacking positions, but we’ve done pretty well so far.”

It was the first loss of the season for the Vols as their record fell to 1-1-2.

Starkville Academy’s win came Monday when it shut out Columbus Christian 6-0 in the district so Tremblay was happy with the start there.

“We’ve been playing good possession and we’ve been really solid defensively which has been good,” Tremblay said. “This week is busy and next week is busy, then we’ll have a nice long break for Christmas.”

The Vols play rival Heritage Academy on Thursday in Columbus.