Lady Flashes blank Richland

Published 11:39 am Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The good news for second-year St. Aloysius soccer coach Suzie Channell is that she returns all of the team that went to the semifinals of the Class 1A-2A-3A playoffs last year.

The bad news is that the Lady Flashes’ path to a championship is one strewn with difficulty. St. Al was moved to the South half. That means to get to a championship, the team would have go to through coast powerhouses like Our Lady Academy and Sacred Heart.

On Tuesday, Nicole Hayward scored a season-high two goals, one of which came off a Shelby Bottin assist, to earn a 2-0 win over visiting Richland.

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After a busy summer that included some 7-on-7 work against Vicksburg and Warren Central, Channell is seeing progress with a 4-2 start. An expanded roster with 25 girls has allowed her to keep her top lineup fresh and restart a junior varsity program.

“It was a good effort by everyone,” “We’re starting to put some things together, pressuring the ball, that sort of thing. We worked some over the summer and did a lot of work coming together. They’re starting to learn who I am and I’m learning who they are and we’re starting to put it together.”

Goalkeeper Alexa Baldizon, who started last year, anchors a tough defense. Hayward, who led the team in scoring despite starting as a seventh-grader, anchors the midfield. Up top, forwards Haylee Prescott, who missed Tuesday’s game and is leading the team with five goals, and senior Riley Griffith give the Lady Flashes plenty of scoring punch. Channell’s team won two out of three games in the Tupelo tournament this past weekend.