Soccer all-stars kick off today

Four players from Northeast Mississippi will represent the North in today’s annual Mississippi Association of Coaches All-Star Soccer Games at Hinds Community College’s Tom Shepherd Field in Raymond.
Tupelo defender Jessie Reeder, Pontotoc forward Lauren Howell and Pontotoc defender Hannah Rayburn will play in the girls match, which kicks off at 10 a.m.
Howell and Rayburn scored 10 goals apiece for the Lady Warriors while Reeder, a Delta State signee, scored twice and had an assist.
Reeder earned a starting spot on the Lady Wave’s back line her freshman season, coach Shelly Miller said.
“She was the core of our defense last season,” Miller said. “She was a leader back there. We’re really going to miss her. She’s a hard worker and an aggressive player.”
In the boys match, scheduled for noon, Tupelo forward/midfielder Patrick McPherson is the area’s lone representative. The DSU signee scored a team-high 14 goals for the Golden Wave last season.
“Patrick’s real good in the air; he scored a lot of goals off headers this year,” Tupelo coach Mark Enis said. “People underestimate him. He has a knack for being in the right place at the right time.”
All four players were named to the Daily Journal’s 2010 All-Area Soccer Team.
The North girls lead the series 10-2-2, including last year’s 3-0 victory. Tupelo’s Bess Ruff, a Washington and Lee signee, scored a goal for the winners.
The boys match ended in a 2-2 tie. The South leads a tight series 10-8-7.

Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal

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