Bock's goal helps Starkville Academy tie Bayou Academy

Starkville Academy's Lauren Bock tries to get to the soccer ball before Bayou Academy players on Monday.

Staff Writer

Monday's soccer match for the Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers didn't result in a win or a loss.

What it did provide was for players like Lauren Bock to get more experience on the pitch.

Bock scored the only goal for Starkville Academy, but it was an important one as it tied the match with Bayou Academy at the Starkville Sportsplex. The Lady Vols ended up settling for a 1-1 tie.

As a sophomore, Bock just wants to contribute to Starkville Academy's success when she can.

She knows it doesn't happen alone.

"I couldn't do it without my team of course," Bock said. "It's teamwork."

After a scoreless first half, Bayou Academy was the first to strike with a goal midway through the second half.

Lauren Bock was able to get her goal as the Lady Vols drove the field. Goal keeper Meri Laci Archer began the rally and a defender passed to Kaitlyn Bock, who set up Lauren Bock.

Starkville Academy was able to hold off Bayou Academy the rest of the way to secure the tie.

"They are about as good as we thought they were, but a little more physical than I thought," Lady Vol coach Matthew Tremblay said of Bayou Academy. "Our defense played great with our forwards. Our offense is getting there."

Starkville Academy's record now stands at 3-1-1 and will travel to Columbus Christian Thursday for its next action.

For Lauren Bock, it will be another opportunity for the Lady Vols to build some chemistry.

"We're coming together as a team," Bock said. "We lost some players that got hurt, but everybody is trying to work together, I think we'll be good."