New Albany drops pair to Starkville in soccer

Sanders Goode crosses the ball to a teammate. Photo by Dennis Clayton

Sanders Goode crosses the ball to a teammate. Photo by Dennis Clayton

By Dennis Clayton
New Albany hosted the Starkville Yellowjackets on Saturday and the visitors came away with the sweep. Starkville won the girls match 3-0 and the boys 4-0.
In the girls match, the teams battled through a scoreless 30 minutes of play before Starkville’s Hannah Laird found the net at the 31st minute. The teams went to half with that score.
Starkville netted another goal in the 57th minute as Kate Mattox scored. The Lady Yellowjackets posted their final goal at the 70 minute mark.
New Albany was able to make some runs attacking the goal, but just could not push a shot through. The Lady Bulldogs rattled a shot off the crossbar in the opening period, missing a goal by mere inches.
Starkville boys took the early lead in minute 13 as Arman Borazjani scored. Starkville wasted litte time as they followed that with a Christian Kingery score at the 18 minute mark.
Starkville took a 3-0 lead into the half as Vance Dewberry found the back of the net at the 34th minute.
Starkville closed the scoring at minute 63 with a goal by Rylan Moore. Although New Albany came up on the losing end, both matches provided the tough competition necessary to propel New Albany to success in division play. Starkville is in Class 6A while New Albany is 4A.

About Dennis Clayton

I cover high school sports in Union County for the New Albany Gazette and also occasionally contribute sports articles to sister community newspapers of Journal Inc. Follow me on Twitter: @denclayton for scores and updates on our local high school teams. See you at the games!
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