Short-handed Lady Eagles fall to Shelton

By By Ryan Satcher / staff writer
Sept. 5, 2002
The Meridian Community College Lady Eagles' soccer team was forced to play with only 10 players due to injuries and Shelton State took advantage in a Wednesday afternoon soccer match at MCC Field.
The visiting Lady Buccaneers outlasted the Lady Eagles and scored two second-half goals to take a 2-0 win on Wednesday afternoon.
Meridian battled hard in the first half, but the heat and lack of substitutes finally drained the Lady Eagles enough to allow Shelton State to pick up the win.
The Lady Eagles had the first good opportunity to score early in the game. Jodi Cooper took a free kick from just outside the box, but her shot went wide left.
MCC also threatened again later in the half when Katie Bergin passed to Lindsey Key on the right side of the field. Key's strong shot was handled nicely by the keeper.
Shelton State answered with a few scoring chances minutes later. Dottie Sloan took a shot from inside the box that went high and over the goal. Sloan also had a strong shot minutes later that just missed the left corner of the goal.
Meridian had its best chance of the game to score late in the first half. Cheri Wilson's shot was deflected off the crossbar and the ball bounced off to Sophie Cabald. A shot by Cabald went wide right and the Lady Eagles missed the opportunity.
Shelton came out in the second half and controlled the rest of the game. The Lady Buccaneers finally scored when a cross by Stephanie Stams was accidentally kicked in by a Meridian defender with 42:21 left to play.
Shelton State added another goal with about 25 minutes left to play in the game. Michelle Khalilian took a nice pass and blasted the ball past the keeper to make the score 2-0.
The Lady Buccaneers threatened to score a few more times in the half but couldn't finish. MCC wasn't able to get much going on the offensive end and Shelton easily held on for the 2-0 win.
Shelton State moves to 1-2 on the season while the Lady Eagles drop to 1-2. Meridian will host East Mississippi on Saturday before starting district play at Co-Lin Sept. 17.

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