By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
Saltillo’s Catherine Plunk will play the final match of her soccer career, which began when she was 8 years old, today in Clinton.
“I’m burned out on soccer,” said Plunk, a midfielder/forward for the Lady Tigers this season. “I enjoyed playing it in high school, but I don’t want it as a job in college. I want to focus on my studies.”
Plunk, who plans to attend Ole Miss after graduation this spring, is one of three Northeast Mississippi players who will compete at 4 p.m. in the annual Mississippi Association of Coaches All-Star Soccer Games at Clinton High School’s Arrow Field, the site of last week’s MHSAA state championship games.
Oxford’s Meredith Sanford and Tupelo’s Erin Tucker join Plunk on the North roster.
Tucker scored 14 goals this season to lead Tupelo to an undefeated regular season and to the Class 6A state finals, where it lost 1-0 to Brandon.
The boys match, scheduled for 6, features two NEMiss players – Amory’s Zach Khima, the Daily Journal’s 2011 Player of the Year and Tupelo’s Luke Mason.
Plunk, Tucker, Khima and Mason wer all Daily Journal All-Area selections last season.
PLUNK A LEADER
Plunk, a two-time Daily Journal All-Area selection, scored 15 goals and recorded four assists this season.
Saltillo coach Eric Reynolds played his talented senior at midfield to take advantage of her versatility on the field.
“She’s the type player who can maintain control and possession,” he said. “Her skills allow her to pass the ball around. She can also move up to forward and score goals.”
The coach also noted his player’s leadership role on the team.
“She’s a leader,” he said. “She puts the team before herself.”