Flashes take lead in division

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 11, 2002

[01/11/02]Michael Head scored on two penalty kicks to lead St. Aloysius to a 4-1 division win at Madison-St. Joe Thursday night.

The Flashes’ 10th win avenged an earlier 3-2 loss to the Bruins. St. Al now leads the division.

“We were fired up, hungry and we knew we had to win,” St. Al coach Shirley Agostinelli said.

“The defense played exceptionally well,” she said, singling out Greg Smith, Vincent Banchetti, Michael Engle, Blake Warnock and Strickland. “I can’t compliment them enough.”

John Theobald and Michael Strickland added goals for St. Al (10-2, 3-1 division), which led 3-0 at the half.

Goalkeeper Andy Gough, in his first game back after a knee injury, had to leave after being kicked in the jaw in the second half.

“It was a very physical game,” she said, adding that there were several yellow cards on both sides. “There was a lot of frustration.”

St. Al outshot the Bruins, 19-8.

(G) VHS 5, NW Rankin 3

Brandi Parker scored four goals and assisted Holly Head on the other to lead the Missy Gators (10-1) past the Lady Cougars (11-4).

Northwest Rankin was coming off a win over Meridian, the only team that beat VHS this season.

“I know what we’re capable of, and we showed it last night,” VHS coach Kevin Manton said.

Michelle Beatty, Tayvi Ellis, Laura Peyton and Brandi Head had assists for VHS, which outshot the home team, 19-8.

The Gators (6-5-2) fell to the Cougars (14-4), ranked No. 7 in The Clarion-Ledger, 4-0.