Jackets blank Tigers in boys soccer

Bandar Alotaibi gets in position for Starkville during Tuesday night's soccer match against Saltillo.

Sports Editor

Lawson Dale has had a knack of getting multiple goals in soccer matches for the Starkville Yellow Jackets this season.

He was at it again on Tuesday night.

Dale scored a pair of second-half goals as the Jackets were able to defeat the Saltillo Tigers 3-0.

"He gave us that little spark and gave us a nice comfortable win at the end," SHS soccer coach J.T. Coward said.

After Nestor Bonilla got the Jackets started on the right foot with a goal in the 22nd minute to provide 1-0 halftime advantage, Dale did his damage by putting the soccer ball in the back of the net at the 53rd minute and again at the 55.30 mark of the match.

Dale said he was ready to provide the scoring in the second half but couldn't have done it without some help.

"I went in there with confidence in the second half and my team helped me get the two goals," Dale said.

With the victory, Starkville improved its overall record to 12-2 ahead of a key Class 6A, Region 4 match against Madison Central at home on Friday night.

The Jackets had not played since a Dec. 20 loss at home against Tupelo so Coward was happy to see them respond.

"It was good to come back after a long layoff, shake off the cobwebs a little bit and work on the little things to get a little bit better," Coward said.

Starkville did more over the holidays than just sit at home and eat home cooking.

Dale said some of that time was spent preparing for the second half of the season.

"We had practices over the winter break so we were in shape and ready to play," Dale said.

Girls Match
Saltillo 4, Starkville 0

The Lady Jackets were not as fortunate in their first outing of 2019.

Starkville failed to score and saw its record slip to 10-3-1.

Coward said it didn't help being shorthanded against a veteran Saltillo squad.

"We've have a few injuries so we're missing a couple of girls," Coward said. "(Saltillo) just had a pretty good little group and they were ready to play."

The Lady Jackets also play Madison Central Friday and they start the division action at 5 p.m.