RIDGELAND — The Oxford Lady Chargers’ run through the Class 5A soccer playoffs came to an abrupt end Tuesday.
Facing the seven-time state champion Ridgeland Lady Titans, Oxford knew it had its work cut out for it — the Lady Chargers said as much prior to the Class 5A North Half finals at RHS. (more…) (February 1, 2012, Page 6)
The good: It’s the third time since 2006 — and first since 2010 — that the Oxford girls soccer team has made an appearance in the third round of the playoffs.
The bad: For the third consecutive time the Lady Chargers will face perennial soccer power Ridgeland. (January 31, 2012, Page 8)
Doing so to advance to the Class 5A North Half finals makes the Lady Chargers’ 2-0 victory over Starkville at Bobby Holcomb Stadium on Saturday even sweeter.
Almost from the opening kickoff, Oxford set the tone in the game, controlling possession and dictating the pace of the game with strong passes to one another. (January 30, 2012, Page 4B)
Motivated by what Starkville head coach Brian Bennett described as a less than desired performance in their regular-season matchup with Oxford, the visiting Jackets played an aggressive breed of soccer that netted them a 4-2 road victory and a trip to the third round of the Class 5A playoffs.
The loss eliminates the Chargers (13-3-3 overall) from the playoffs. (January 30, 2012, Page 2B)
Heading into Tuesday night’s annual postseason showdown with Callaway, the Oxford Chargers coaches knew a couple of things: The visiting Chargers were going to be athletic, fast, and able to capitalize on any chances they were provided.
So what did Oxford do against its Class 5A first-round opponent?
The home Chargers attacked, kept pressure on Callaway and continued to attack even in the dwindling minutes of their 3-1 victory at Bobby Holcomb Field. (January 25, 2012, Page 6)
Aided by a big first half, the Oxford girls cruised to a 8-0 victory over Callaway in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs at Bobby Holcomb Field. (January 25, 2012, Page 6)
On the heels of convincing victories at Saltillo to claim respective Division 2-5A titles last week, Oxford will head into tonight’s Class 5A first-round pairing against Callaway at Bobby Holcomb Field riding a wave of confidence. (January 24, 2012, Page 8)
Saturday’s Oxford-Lafayette soccer games were canceled due to rain the night before. Because Saturday was the last day of the regular season, the soccer version of the Crosstown Classic will not be rescheduled. (more…) (January 23, 2012, Page 3B)