Manchester Academy's soccer season came to an end last week with a 3-2 loss to Indianola in the second round of the playoffs.
The loss came after the Lady Mavericks defeated Lee Academy 6-1 in the first round of the playoffs.
At Indianola the Lady Colonels took an early lead.
"We did something very uncharacteristic and gave up an early goal," said coach Jacob Iles. "I think that kind of threw us off a little."
Anna Kate Griffin scored to tie the game 1-1, but IA scored again on a corner kick.
Ivy Sowell scored to tie the game 2-2, but after a scoreless third quarter Indianola scored with about eight minutes remaining.
"Soccer is about how the ball bounces sometimes, and this time it didn't bounce our way," Iles said. "That's sports. You don't play it on paper; you've got to get out there and play the game."
The loss was bitter for a team loaded with nine seniors that had a real chance to go all the way.
The Lady Mavericks finished the season 10-3-1. Two of those three losses came to the two teams (Indianola and Laurel) competing for the state title. Manchester was undefeated at home.
MA scored 48 goals this season while only giving up 19.
"That is amazing," Iles said.
Ivy Sowell scored a team-high 20 goals this season, while Anna Kate Griffin added 15 goals.
Lanie Potter played every second of the season at goalie and secured five shutouts.
Iles said that although his team was disappointed to see the season end, he hopes the players understand the impact they have had on the program.
"This season was about more than what they did on the field," Iles said. "This team made girls soccer popular here. There are a lot of girls interested in playing soccer who might not have been interested before. This team created a path to a better future for the program."
Iles said a major factor in the team's success has been the tremendous support shown by the Yazoo community.
"I can't thank this community enough for the support they have shown us," Iles said. "So many people have offered encouragement. The parents have showed tremendous support from serving meals to being there every time. I've heard words of encouragement around the community – even from some people I didn't even know. That's something special, and we appreciate it so much."
Thea Trammell, Anna Kate Griffin, Ivy Sowell and Lanie Potter were all named to the All-District team. Griffin, Potter and Sowell also earned MAIS All-Star honors.