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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Melinda Scruggs

Area soccer teams set for annual Oxford Showcase

Rain or shine, high school teams statewide are going to get in plenty of soccer this weekend in Oxford and the surrounding area. Oxford High School is set to welcome more than 20 schools and 40 teams to town today for the second annual Oxford Showcase. The varsity squads for Oxford and Lafayette as well as some junior varsity teams will compete in the event, which will conclude on Saturday. (December 19, 2014, Page 6, 7)

‘Dores’ Pate inks with Meridian CC

The second time proved to be a charm for Abbey Pate. The senior forward for Lafayette High’s girls soccer team had a choice to make when it came to continuing her career on the pitch. Pate earned scholarship offers from Northwest Mississippi Community College, Itawamba Community College and Meridian Community College. (December 16, 2014, Page 6)

Lafayette uses PKs, defense to sweep Oxford

Oxford and Lafayette met at Bobby Holcomb on Field Tuesday night, but it was not for a football rematch. This installment of the cross-town rivalry happened on the pitch between the high school boys and girls soccer teams.  In the boys game, it looked as if Oxford would coast to an easy win over Lafayette, leading 3-0 with less than 10 minutes remaining. But Lafayette didn’t fade into the cold night quietly and fired off three quick goals of its own to knot the game at 3, sending it to an overtime shootout. After two rounds of penalty kicks, the Commodores emerged with a 4-3 victory. (December 10, 2014, Page 1B)

‘Dores’ Williams signs with St. Francis

The school year is not even a month old, and soccer season has not even started. But Lafayette senior goalkeeper Jamie Williams already knows where she will be playing next fall. Williams signed a National Letter of Intent with the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, Ind., on Tuesday at the Lafayette High library. (August 27, 2014, Page 6)

Lafayette’s Selby signs with Rangers

It had always been a “dream” of Taylor Selby’s to continue her soccer career past high school. The Lafayette senior is making that dream come true as she signed with Northwest Community College Tuesday afternoon. (April 30, 2014, Page 8)

Williams’ effort keys Lady ‘Dores’ victory

Lafayette girls soccer coach Melinda Scruggs struggled to describe what she had just witnessed following the Lady Commodores’ game against crosstown rival Oxford Saturday morning. (January 20, 2014, Page 7)

Late PK lifts Lady ‘Dores past Grenada

The Lafayette girls soccer team had plenty of chances. In the second half, the Lady Commodores finally cashed one of them in. (November 15, 2013, Page 7A)

Lady ‘Dores get glimpse of future

AMORY — The Lafayette Lady Commodores may have gotten a glimpse of their future Thursday night.

Leading the home Amory Lady Panthers onto the pitch was senior Addie Forbus, a future Ole Miss soccer player fresh off setting the state’s career goal mark (228) last week.

Meanwhile, LHS freshman Ally Houghton, a soft-spoken sniper in her own right, appears poised to pick up where Forbus leaves off and make her own mark on the Magnolia State. (more…) (January 25, 2013, Page 10A)

LHS girls fall short in bid for title

Melinda Scruggs wasn’t quite sure what to expect from her young Lafayette team heading into the 2012-13 season.

As it turned out, it’s hard to believe the season could have gone much better. (more…) (January 21, 2013, Page 10)

Scruggs helps OHS nip Lady ‘Dores

Saturday’s Crosstown Classic on the pitch ended up playing out just about like both head coaches thought it might.

With thunder sounding in the distance, and under an overcast sky, the Oxford Lady Chargers capitalized on a second-half goal from Zoe Scruggs to nip crosstown rival Lafayette 1-0 at Oxford’s Bobby Holcomb Field. (December 10, 2012, Page 1B)

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