Vols get 1-0 district soccer victory

Staff Writer

Rust and water don't mix very well.

When it came to Thursday's Division III-District 2 match against Columbus Christian, the Starkville Academy Volunteers had to overcome both.

On a damp night and having not played in four weeks, Starkville Academy found a way to get the job done and defeat the Rams 1-0.

The match was played across “The Ditch” on the turf field of Starkville High’s Yellowjacket Stadium.

“First off I just want to thank Starkville High, coach (Rob) Fyke and their AD Dr. (C. Cheyenne) Trussell for letting us play this district game here as our field is under water,” SA soccer coach JoJo Dodd said. “As far as the game goes, this was our first game in four weeks, so it was good to come out and play another team again.

"I wasn’t really super impressed with our performance (Thursday night), but I’m very happy to get the win and hopefully we can get back in the groove and continue to win games throughout the season.”
There were many scoring opportunities in the first half, but the two squads battled for a scoreless tie.

In the 46th minute, the Vols broke the silence with a shot from Garrett Smith and led 1-0.

“It feels great to get this win (Thursday night)," Smith said. “Going forward, we expect to win the district and make a playoff run. We play in one of the toughest districts in the division. Columbus Christian is a great team that gave us a really good challenge (Thursday night) and we’re happy to come out on top.”

The one goal was all Starkville Academy needed to claim the victory to improve to 4-2 and 2-1 in district play.

The Vols return to the pitch Tuesday hosting Pillow Academy.