Lady Bobcats down Sacred Heart, 4-0

By ANDREW ABADIE,

Sumrall handed Sacred Heart a 4-0 shutout loss on Thursday night. 

 

However, for both teams, it was a result that was more meaningless and instead of a preparation match for each team’s upcoming playoff run. 

 

Sacred Heart (10-7) was missing six players of its team due to March for Life, but rather the game was an opportunity for the Crusaders to test their bench.

 

“Most of my players are junior varsity players,” Sacred Heart head coach Joe Fall Sr. said. “They did the best they could and I appreciate them. I appreciate the effort for the girls who started and finished.

 

“[I wanted to see] more excitement from my bench. More excitement and being ready to go into the field. When the coach calls you to go to the field, you ought to be ready. Not saying ‘When?’ or ‘Now?’. Some of them just came for a game. I would like to see a little more excitement from the bench and be ready to play when the coach calls you to play.”

 

For Sumrall (16-1-5), playing Sacred Heart was a chance to maintain momentum. 

 

“We were looking to find a team that is well-organized, that moves the ball and plays the game the right way before we got into the playoffs,” Sumrall head coach Todd Siders said. “Sacred Heart is local. I know they were missing a few of their players. They are always well-organized and that was a good challenge for us that we can get our touches in and be prepared for the playoffs.”

 

Sumrall’s Rylee Kirkland and Caragan Childs each scored a pair of goals in the Lady Bobcats’ lopsided win. According to Siders, Kirkland’s and Childs’ play was a perfect illustration of the successful soccer Sumrall had been playing and what it will need in the upcoming playoffs.

 

“[Caragan is] just special,” Siders said. “You want her by defenses and finish them like she did.” 

 

“We are in a unique situation. Caragan is a senior. She is just a stud. She has great speed, great athleticism. She is definitely our leader. You have Riley Kirkland, she’s a seventh-grader, Addie Siders, she’s a seventh-grader, Jordan Thornhill is a seventh-grader. A good mix of senior leadership with Caragan and some of the others and some youthful girls that are really good. We are excited about it. They have grown together as a team. The chemistry is high right now which is what I like the most.”

 

Sumrall will rematch Richland (11-8), who the Lady Bobcats defeated 2-0 earlier in the season, for the first round of the 4A playoffs.  

 

“We have to play well,” Siders said. “That’s what we have been preaching. Play well, play consistent and I think if we do that I like our chances. Richland is a well-coached team coming in. We have beaten them before. I know they are hungry. They have improved a lot.” 

 

For Falla, the main goal for the team is to defend its state title but himself and the Crusaders are wanting to have a rematch against Our Lady Academy (14-2-2) in South State. Earlier in the season, Sacred Heart defeated OLA 1-0 in double overtime but in a second match lost 2-1 in overtime.

 

“We are going to win in the playoffs,” Falla said. “My goal and my girls’ goal is to meet [Our Lady Academy] for South State. That’s my goal. That’s what I’m looking for. If I have to work all day and night with girls, then that’s what we are going to do.”

 

Sacred Heart will travel to Franklin in the first round of 1A/2A/3A playoffs on Tuesday. 

Sumrall handed Sacred Heart a 4-0 shutout loss on Thursday night.

However, for both teams, it was a result that was more meaningless and instead a preparation match for each teams' upcoming playoff run.

Sacred Heart (10-7) was missing six players of its team due to March for Life, but rather the game was an opportunity for the Crusaders to test their bench.

“Most of my players are junior varsity players,” Sacred Heart head coach Joe Fall Sr. said. “They did the best they could and I appreciate them. I appreciate the effort for the girls who started and finished.

“[I wanted to see] more excitement from my bench. More excitement and being ready to go into the field. When the coach calls you to go to the field, you ought to be ready. Not saying ‘When?’ or ‘Now?’. Some of them just came for a game. I would like to see a little more excitement from the bench and be ready to play when the coach calls you to play.”

For Sumrall (16-1-5), playing Sacred Heart was a chance to maintain momentum.

“We were looking to find a team that is well-organized, that moves the ball and plays the game the right way before we got into the playoffs,” Sumrall head coach Todd Siders said. “Sacred Heart is local. I know they were missing a few of their players. They are always well-organized and that was a good challenge for us that we can get our touches in and be prepared for the playoffs.”

Sumrall’s Rylee Kirkland and Caragan Childs each scored a pair of goals in the Lady Bobcats’ lopsided win. According to Siders, Kirkland’s and Childs’ play was a perfect illustration of the successful soccer Sumrall had been playing and what it will need in the upcoming playoffs.

“[Caragan is] just special,” Siders said. “You want her by defenses and finish them like she did.”

“We are in a unique situation. Caragan is a senior. She is just a stud. She has great speed, great athleticism. She is definitely our leader. You have Riley Kirkland, she’s a seventh-grader, Addie Siders, she’s a seventh-grader, Jordan Thornhill is a seventh-grader. A good mix of senior leadership with Caragan and some of the others and some youthful girls that are really good. We are excited about it. They have grown together as a team. The chemistry is high right now which is what I like the most.”

Sumrall will rematch Richland (11-8), who the Lady Bobcats defeated 2-0 earlier in the season, for the first round of the 4A playoffs. 

“We have to play well,” Siders said. “That’s what we have been preaching. Play well, play consistent and I think if we do that I like our chances. Richland is a well-coached team coming in. We have beaten them before. I know they are hungry. They have improved a lot.”

For Falla, the main goal for the team is to defend its state title but himself and the Crusaders are wanting to have a rematch against Our Lady Academy (14-2-2) in South State. Earlier in the season, Sacred Heart defeated OLA 1-0 in double overtime but in a second match lost 2-1 in overtime.

“We are going to win in the playoffs,” Falla said. “My goal and my girls’ goal is to meet [Our Lady Academy] for South State. That’s my goal. That’s what I’m looking for. If I have to work all day and night with girls, then that’s what we are going to do.”

Sacred Heart will travel to Franklin in the first round of 1A/2A/3A playoffs on Tuesday.

 

 

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