OCH Regional Medical Center Athlete of the Week: Lawson Dale, Angela Ross

Lawson Dale

Angela Ross

Staff Writer

It’s not common for hat tricks to happen in the sport of soccer. They are usually rare in nature.

Last Friday night, the Starkville High School soccer program saw lightning strike twice at Kosciusko.

When the Lady Yellow Jackets defeated the Lady Whippets 6-1, Angela Ross scored three goals, then then the SHS boys took the pitch and won a 5-1 decision over Kosciusko Lawson Dale also put three shots in the back of the net.

“That was my first hat trick of the season,” Dale said. “I’ve been working pretty well with my teammates and they kind of helped me get those three goals. I couldn’t do it by myself.”

Dale was not only scoring goals against the Whippets, but he was also getting his teammates involved as he had two assists.

For their performances, Dale and Ross were selected OCH Regional Medical Center Co-Athletes of the Week by the Starkville Daily News sports staff.

Ross also had an assist against Kosciusko and added one goal with two more assists in a 6-1 win over Columbus earlier in the week.

“Goals are just one part of it,” Ross said. “Assists are another. Without teammates, nobody would be able to score.”

The Lady Jackets have a 10-2-1 overall record after a 1-1 tie against Tupelo on Tuesday night.

Ross likes what her team has done so far, but knows there is more work to do.

“I think our season has been pretty good this year,” Ross said. “The team working together and being able to pass around.

“(We need to) work as a team together, be able to execute when we need to and have a good team bond.”

Dale has watched Ross’ progress on the girls team and said she has been an inspiration.

“She’s good and definitely a star on the girls soccer team,” Dale said.

As just a sophomore, Dale has plenty of time to grow in the SHS boys program and hopes to play college soccer one day.

Dale scored a goal as Starkville defeated Columbus 4-1 last week, giving him four goals during the week. He got the only goal for the Jackets on Tuesday night as they lost a 4-1 decision to Tupelo and saw their record fall to 11-2.

The only goal for the SHS girls against Tupelo came off the foot of Amber Bock. The assist was credited to Meg Rogers.