RAYMOND – The Hinds Eagle women’s soccer team is fresh off of a 4-0 win over the Southwest Bears this past Tuesday (Sept. 17) and will to look to continue to stay in the win column moving forward into the second half of the season.
“We really focused on scoring goals and not giving up any goals. I thought we were successful in doing that. Going into the game, we wanted to increase the amount of successful passes we made, and we were able to triple our average in that aspect,” said head coach Brandon Mitchell.
Sophomore Ciara Goggin (England) led the offensive charge with two goals of her own.
Freshmen Ashley Preston (Wiggins) and Ana Kerenina (Brazil) each added a goal apiece.
Freshman Anna Carolina (Brazil), Kerenina, and Preston all provided assists also.
Friday, (Sept. 20) the Lady Eagles will take on Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston at 5:00 pm.
They will not play another MACJC opponent until October 1st thus creating a true two-week gap between division contests.
“These two weeks of being in-between division games are important for us in preparing for the second set of division games. We really are focusing on keeping people healthy and preparing a game-plan for the second set of division games,” commented coach Mitchell.
Coach Mitchell on his team halfway through the season
“This year our five sophomores have really done well with leading a large group of freshmen,” said Coach Mitchell.
These sophomores include Olivia Galione (Brandon), Grace Ballenger (Brandon), Haley Shelby (Ridgeland), Ciara Goggin (England), and Gelisa Kelley (Gulfport).
Additionally, goalkeeper Paula Argelaguet (Spain) has been another bright spot so far this season. “She has racked up 43 saves on the year and we think she’s the best goalkeeper in the state. She has made unbelievable saves to keep games close,” remarked Coach Mitchell.
In regards to center back Addie Hale, and right back Emily Powers, Mitchell stated that “they have done well to come in and adjust to college game. These two are fearless and would run through a brick wall for teammates and coaches.”
Coach Mitchell went on to give praise to his Anna Carolina, Hannah Derrick, Taylor Byrd, Anna Wilson, and Ami Derrick. “They have been strong in the mid-field with marking and also going forward to create chances.”
Ashley Preston, Anna Carolina, Nichole Erwin (Ridgeland), Haley Shelby (Ridgeland), Becca Blackwell (Southaven), and Danye Kight (Ridgeland) have also played crucial role for the Lady Eagles. “These girls have adjusted well to our style of play and how we would like to attack opponents. Each game they are getting better and more clinical in the final third,” said Mitchell.
Mitchell is optimistic moving into the second half of the season.
“I believe we have a good group. They have shown they are not going to give up, and will fight for every game. We are looking forward to the second half of the season,” stated Mitchell.