LADY WAVE GETS BY ST. ANDREW’S 4-0
By Todd Vinyard
Most people would do anything to avoid being sick, but Tupelo’s Christy Voyles didn’t seem to mind a little virus as she scored three goals Saturday in the Lady Wave’s 4-0 first round playoff victory over Saint Andrew’s.
“I was feeling a little down, and wondered how I would do,” Voyles said. “But everybody plays at this point in the season.”
Voyles’ second goal, a header off a Karen Anglin corner kick with 9:05 to go in the second half, gave Tupelo a 3-0 advantage.
“The third goal really killed us,” said St. Andrew’s coach Jamie Hill, whose squad dropped to 6-6-1. “We just never pulled the trigger on any shots, but give Tupelo credit. They are a good team who will go along way.”
The Lady Wave has already come pretty far, since with the win it improves to 13-0 after a 3-8 season last year.
Both teams were sluggish early on after almost a week layoff due to icy weather conditions which forced the postponement of the game last week.
“We were concerned about that and in the first five minutes Saint Andrew’s moved the ball well on us, but then we settled down and started to move the ball well ourselves,” Tupelo coach Buddy Prince said.
Tupelo had some scoring opportunities throughout the first half, as much of the game was played in St. Andrew’s territory, but Tupelo didn’t get on the board until Anglin found the net at 3:16 left.
Less than two minutes later Voyles put Tupelo up 2-0 at the half with a break-away goal.
Saint Andrew’s kept threatening, but Tupelo’s defense, which is anchored by freshman goalie HeatherLea Wilemon, who has not allowed a goal all season, and defender Michelle Bailey, were up to the challenge.
“Michelle Bailey just will not allow other teams to get a good shot on her good friend HeatherLea Wilemon,” Prince said.
Tupelo held Saint Andrew’s sweeper Megan Wender, who signed Friday with Vanderbilt and has scored 130 goals in her career, scoreless.
Voyles nailed the victory down with her final goal at the 2:30 mark.
Next up for the Lady Wave is Vicksburg (11-4) at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Tupelo. Vicksburg beat Northwest Rankin 4-0 to advance to the second round.
“We have both wanted to play each other all year,” Prince said. “It should be a great one.”