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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Melinda Scruggs

LHS, Florence fight for 4A North Half berth

The Lafayette High girl’s soccer team is in uncharted territory. For the first time since 2009 the Lady Commodores advanced to the second round of the MHSAA Class 4A state playoffs. If they want to keep re-writing the history books Lafayette will have to get past Florence, the team that handed them their first loss of the season. (January 30, 2015, Page 6A)

LHS girls advance; boys’ season ends early

The dream of a state championship lived on for one team as the end of a season came for another as the Lafayette High soccer teams hosted first-round matches in the MHSAA Class 4A playoffs Tuesday night at William L. Buford Stadium. (January 28, 2015, Page 1B, 3B)

Lady ‘Dores draw Caledonia to begin Playoffs

Lafayette’s girls soccer team isn’t all that familiar with its first playoff opponent, but head coach Melinda Scruggs has exhausted nearly every avenue to find out what she can to get her team prepared. Time to find out if it’s paid off. The Commodores will entertain Caledonia tonight at 5 at William L. Buford Stadium in the opening round of the MHSAA Class 4A playoffs. Lafayette went unscathed through Division 3-4A play to earn the division’s top postseason seed while the Confederates finished runner-up in Division 2-4A. (January 27, 2015, Page 6)

LHS sweeps Cleveland, Amory over weekend

After not having a match for 16 days, the Lafayette High boys and girls soccer teams played three in the span of five days and won them all. Coming off their Division 3-4A opening wins against Senatobia Tuesday night, the Commodores swept division foes Cleveland on Friday night then took both matches against Amory on Saturday at William L. Buford Stadium. (January 11, 2015, Page 4B)

LHS soccer sweeps Senatobia in division openers

Lafayette High’s boys and girls soccer teams had not played a match since Dec. 20. The two week-plus break played no effect on them as they swept their Division 3-4A opening matches against Senatobia at William L. Buford Stadium on Tuesday. (January 7, 2015, Page 1B)

Florence hands Lady ‘Dores first loss

Lafayette High’s girls soccer team knew it was going to be tested this weekend in the Oxford Showcase and that its perfect record could be in danger of falling. One of those tests came from the Florence Lady Eagles, who handed the Lady Commodores their first loss of the season by the score of 5-3 Saturday morning at FNC Park. Lafayette’s boys team went 1-1-1 for the Weekend. (December 21, 2014, Page 4B)

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)

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