Valdosta Daily Times

Breaking News:

Local Sports

October 29, 2012

No. 3 Argos blank Blazers, 3-0

VALDOSTA — Mel Heinz wasn’t pleased with her team when speaking with media Sunday afternoon.

 In fact, the Valdosta State women’s soccer coach was visibly upset following the Blazers’ 3-0 loss to third-ranked West Florida.

 “I’m angry,” Heinz said. “(West Florida) is a terrific team, I’ll say that and everybody knows that. That’s fine that they can be a terrific team. What frustrates me is that we’ve got over half our players busting their butts out there and we’ve got a couple players that don’t want to do what they need to do. It angers me.

 “You have to have all 11 players, all 11 have to be on. Don’t get me wrong, we had some players put every ounce of their being on the field today.”

With the loss on Sunday and North Alabama’s rout of Delta State, the Blazers failed to secure the second seed in the Gulf South Conference and lost a bye for the first round of the conference tournament. Now, the Blazers will act as the three seed in the tournament and will be forced to play in the opening round on Thursday, instead of sitting back and watching.

 “I’ve been there with a team that has had to play three teams in the conference tournament,” Heinz said. “The only thing was everyone had to play three teams and not just sit and watch. I think it is a tough hill to be climbed, but it isn’t a hill that can’t be climbed. We have to put our head down and we have to dig and that is what we are going to do.”

 The Blazers will wait to find out who their opponent for Thursday’s conference opener will be when the complete tournament field is announced on Monday.

Valdosta State entered Sunday looking to be aggressive towards the goal, something Heinz has criticized her team for doing enough this season. Although Heinz said she liked the aggressive play by many of her players, it was West Florida that proved to be more of the aggressor.

 The Argonauts scored three goals on 29 shots and attacked the VSU defense throughout the afternoon. Valdosta State managed no goals and just 12 total shots and was shutout by West Florida for the second time this season.

 It was the Argonauts sixth straight shutout this season.

 West Florida got onto the scoreboard in the 36th minute when Tori Fish scored from inside the box. The play started on a free kick by Chelsea Palmer, who kicked it to Taylor Harbinson, who in return passed the ball to Fish for the goal.

 Less than 30 seconds later, the Blazers nearly got even with a goal of their own. Unfortunately, Abbi Edwards’ shot bounced off the crossbar and West Florida cleared the ball away.

“I think we battled, we really did,” Heinz said. “After they scored on us, we went right back in 15 seconds and pinged the crossbar. So we have the capability, they just have to believe it in the game.”

 The Argonauts added to their lead in the 87th minute with Fish’s second goal of the game, this time on an assist from Monica Malavassi. A minute later, the Argonauts iced the game with a third goal, an unassisted free kick from Shelby Bush.

“I think every game is a learning point,” Heinz said.

“I think later on I will realize that. At this point, you have to do what you are taught to do. But I don’t want to take away from this game. I am more frustrated that it wasn’t a 3-0 game, clearly, but it says that on the scoreboard. It is frustrating that we had too many players out their busting their butt for that score to be out there on that scoreboard.”

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • Nolin settling in as new VSU soccer coach

    Meet Rebecca Nolin, VSU's new soccer coach.

    July 28, 2014

  • Induction Crowd: Honorees were genuine, down to earth

    More than 48,000 people gathered under the scorching sun at The Clark Sports Center for the 75th National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Sunday, including one woman who carpooled to the event with more than 40 other people.

    July 28, 2014

  • Braves trio all business at inductions

    The Braves seemed almost businesslike in their approach -- something you might expect from a trio that won so consistently.
    Managers Joe Torre and Tony La Russa also remained calm and collected throughout their addresses.
    Frank Thomas took care of the emotional side, his voice breaking and his eyes moist during a heartfelt speech Sunday at the Clark Sports Center.
     

    July 28, 2014

  • Cooperstown Merchants: Weekend was a success

    Cooperstown merchants are elated about the exceptionally prosperous Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, several storekeepers said Sunday.

    During an afternoon lull in business, when the National Baseball Hall of Fame's induction ceremony was taking place, area shop and restaurant owners took a quick breath, reflected and expressed satisfaction with their sales for the weekend.
     

    July 28, 2014

  • Hall of Famers thank fathers for stepping up to the plate

    Great ballplayers thanking their dads at a Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is about as original as oil and vinegar are to an Italian restaurant.

    July 28, 2014

  • Hall_Maddux.jpg Hall of Braves

    The weird part was that Jeff Idelson didn't take a lot of time to answer.
    "Is there any word or description that unifies this class?" was the query posed to the National Baseball Hall of Fame's president.
    "The common thread among the six is profound humility," Idelson said of former managers Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa, and former players Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, all of whom will be inducted into the Hall today. "I don't think I realized that fully until I spent time with them in December. It was uncanny to me, for the cumulative star power in that group, the humility among them. I think that's felt really strongly with baseball fans."

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos 1 Story

  • Hall_Cox.jpg Cox’s willingness to defend players stands out to local coaches

    Bobby Cox will be able to add Hall of Famer to his resume when he is inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame today in Cooperstown, N.Y.
    But the former Atlanta Braves manager’s legacy will remain the same to area baseball coaches: his willingness to defend his players.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo 1 Story

  • Valwood_Henderson.jpg Area teams hoping to get over the hump

    Past successes lead to present and future expectations.
    That’s the task faced by pretty much all 12 area high school football coaches present Saturday at In The Game Magazine’s South Georgia Football media day at the Holiday Inn conference center.
    It’s a task that also has the elite group searching for answers as to how to get past the state championship road block in recent years, aside from Valwood’s GISA Class AA crown in 2012.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • VHS little cats camp 1.jpg Valdosta hosts fundamental camp for ‘Little ’Cats’

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • VHS practice1.jpg Getting Back to Work

    Friday officially began the 2014 season for the Valdosta Wildcats and both the offense and defense came out and made statements.
    After holding spring and summer workouts, the Wildcats will practice four more times without pads before beginning full pad practice next week.

    July 26, 2014 2 Photos

Blazers Blog
More