By David Wheeler/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – It was almost business as usual for the Tupelo Lady Wave soccer team Thursday in the bitter cold.
“Almost” included some halftime verbal prodding from head coach Shelley Miller, but all was good in the end as the Lady Wave remained undefeated with a 5-0 victory over DeSoto Central.
“We started off a little slow, but I talked to them at halftime, and they knew they had to come out and play better,” said Miller of the Lady Wave, who are No. 1 in the Clarion Ledger rankings. “This was the first cold game of the season, too, and I think that was a big thing.”
DeSoto Central (12-4) produced some of the better scoring chances early in the first half, though Tupelo struck first just two minutes into the contest. Off an early corner, Bryson Rial eventually put the ball in the net for a 1-0 advantage.
The Lady Wave (12-0) began leveling the time of possession later in the half. That set up a breakaway by Erin Tucker, who beat two defenders and scored 16 minutes in for a 2-0 lead.
Tupelo got in a nice offensive flow coming out of the intermission, and its offensive pressure forced DeSoto into an own goal three minutes in.
Tupelo followed that with two quick goals by Charde Hannah to help ice the win.
(B) Tupelo 5, DeSoto Central 0: A sharp Golden Wave squad was very efficient, scoring on their first three shots.
Forrest Timmons converted on a header five minutes in, and Luke Mason on a header four minutes later.
Mason added another on a nice shot from the left side of the net, and Taylor Brewer made an alert interception and lofted a shot over the goalie as Tupelo (7-3-3) roared to a 4-0 halftime lead.
“Our offense was good on set pieces,” Tupelo coach Harris Faucette said. “We’re moving in the right direction now.”
Mark Sansone added a header midway through the second half.
Both Tupelo squads are in Division 2-6A action at Grenada today.