Riggs, McDonald sign for Itawamba soccer

Photo: Seated from left, Macey Riggs and Lillian McDonald of Hernando High School sign for Itawamba Community College soccer Friday morning, They are joined by coaches Emily Rose and Steven Geraci. (Bob Bakken/DeSoto County Sports)

The Itawamba Community College women’s soccer program officially got commitments from two Hernando High School soccer players Friday morning. 

Midfielder/outside wing Macey Riggs and wing/forward Lillian McDonald of the Lady Tigers signed to play for the Fulton school next fall. 

Macey Riggs and Lillian McDonald signing for Itawamba Community College women’s soccer. (Bob Bakken/DeSoto County Sports)

They’ll join an Indians squad coached by David Strother which last season finished with a 5-9 season mark, 4-4 in MACCC play.  The shortened season saw seven matches either canceled or postponed.  

Hernando coach Emily Rose said both players will bring skilled soccer talent to the Itawamba squad.  

“Macey is super quick, Lily has got great feet, great touch on the ball, and good passing ability,” said Rose. 

Rose said McDonald played midfield and outside wing for her team this past season. Riggs was mostly a forward who also played outside wing. The coach said the pair signing for the same school should help both players do well.  

“When you’re comfortable with someone you usually play a little bit better,” Rose explained. “You know how they work, you can make great passes to them and you’ve got somebody there you already know entering into a new place where you don’t know that many people.” 

Macey Riggs and Lillian McDonald of Hernando High School Friday, March 25 each signed scholarship offers to play next season at Itawamba Community College. They are joined by head coach Emily Rose and assistant coach Steven Geraci. (Bob Bakken/DeSoto County Sports)
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