Bulldogs wrap up summer soccer in Pontotoc


Joseph Rainey passes the ball inside the box during the match against Saltillo.

Joseph Rainey passes the ball inside the box during the match against Saltillo.

New Albany wrapped up their summer 7v7 season at Pontotoc as they played in a round robin scrimmage with host Pontotoc, Saltillo and Tupelo. 

“We ended the day 2-1 with the varsity girls picking up wins against 4A rival Pontotoc and Tupelo, the top school in North Mississippi,” New Albany coach Caryl Vogel said. “We have a lot to improve on leading into the season, but these summer tournaments really help us find our weaknesses and strengths.”

The Lady Bulldogs defeated Pontotoc 4-0 and Tupelo 1-0, while falling to Saltillo 3-1.

“We ended the day with a victory against Pontotoc in varsity boys, which is always nice,” Vogel said. “I was pleased with our effort in all the matches, but we have to continue to develop our play. We have an old group, but there is still a lot of soccer to be learned before the season kicks off.”

New Albany defeated Pontotoc 4-2, losing to Saltillo 2-1 and Tupelo 4-0.

“I’m glad our younger players got the chance to play against the JV teams,” Vogel said. “We have a lot of seventh graders who have only played in the park system and this gave them great insight into what to expect. It also gave us a great measuring stick of what we need to work on.”

About Dennis Clayton

I cover high school sports in Union County and occasionally contribute sports articles to sister community newspapers of Journal Inc. I have lived in Union County my entire life and strive to use my articles to promote our players, teams and schools. Follow me on Twitter: @denclayton for scores and updates on our local high school teams.