NAHS opens new year in soccer

New Albany opened the new year with two weekend matches against Pontotoc and Corinth.

The Lady ‘Dawgs dropped both contests, 5-0 to Pontotoc and 3-1 to Corinth with Morgan Odle scoring the lone goal of the two games, assisted by Hannah Anderson in Saturday’s road match at Corinth.

“We were already exhausted with playing the night before and the long bus ride that morning,” head coach Les Huntington said.” We took the early lead against Corinth, but after their second and third goals, our defense just broke down.”

The Lady Bulldogs dropped their first division match of the year verus Pontotoc, but will have an opportunity for a rematch this Friday night on the road.

“We’re going to work on some tactical moves, but they have an older, experienced team that has played together for many years,” Huntington said. “We’re not using that as an excuse, and these next three games will be very important for us, as they’re all division match-ups.”

The Bulldogs split their games over the weekend, falling to Pontotoc, 2-0 and rebounding with a 1-0 win at Corinth.

“It’s hard to take the two weeks off at Christmas and Pontotoc’s a tough opponent to come back to,” head coach Taylor Nichols said. “We won the division last year after they had won it for several years, so it was a big game. We didn’t play well in the first half and made some adjustments in the second half before they had their second goal late in the game.”

Against Corinth on Saturday, the Bulldogs bounced back with a 1-0 win off a goal by Anthony Fernandez. 

Due to the weather, New Albany’s Tuesday night match with Tishomingo County was postponed and the two teams will quickly have a rematch with Pontotoc this Friday night. With the shortened week of practice, both hope to be prepared for the division match.

“There was fuel added to the fire losing last week,” Nichols said. “It hurts to not be able to go out there and practice, but the rest is good. We can’t go into the game with excuses. We know what we have to do and we have to focus on that.”

The Pontotoc rematch will be on the road this Friday night. Both NAHS squads are now 2-1 in division play.