Desoto County Sports

Northpoint girls’ soccer off to strong start after Thursday win

Photo: Northpoint Christian’s Lane Purdy (7) races down the wing toward scoring one of her three goals in Thursday’s 10-0 victory over Sacred Heart, Tenn. (Bob Bakken/

The Northpoint Christian School girls’ soccer team is off to a good start for the fall season after Thursday’s 10-0 victory over Sacred Heart. The Lady Trojans enter the weekend with a 2-0 record, having beaten Millington (Tenn.) Central earlier in the week 9-2.

The dominating victory against Sacred Heart took only one half to play with the mercy rule into effect at halftime. Anna Claire Dowdy had little to do as her teammates kept the ball from coming her way. Meanwhile Lady Trojan forwards peppered the Sacred Heart net with a second-straight three-goal hat trick from Lane Purdy, a three-goal hat trick from Hayden Moneymaker, plus goals from Moriah Tims, Clare Chambliss, Olivia Court, and Madison Wrigley. 

Here are post-game comments from Northpoint coach Ethan McClure:  

On team makeup for fall season: “We’re really excited about this young group of girls. We have a lot of starters come back from last year. They’ve worked hard all summer and really bought into what we’re trying to accomplish this year and have really progressed and I’m really looking forward to the year.”  

On Lane Purdy, who led Northpoint in scoring in both matches during the week: “Lane Purdy is a five-year starter, she’s been playing for me since she was an eighth grader. She’s going to bring her leadership. She’s got six goals in two games so she’ll bring scoring goals to us this year, too.”

On goalkeeper Anna Claire Dowdy, who has allowed just two goals during two games: “Anna Claire Dowdy is a really solid keeper for a young girl as she’s only a freshman. She’s improved a lot over the past few years. She’s young and she’s only going to keep getting better.” 

On district season ahead:  “The district is going to be tough, as always, but I think we’re going to be ready to compete, see what we’re made of and see where we’ll go this year.”

Thursday, Aug. 17

Prep volleyball

Briarcrest Christian 3, Lewisburg 0 (25-13, 25-23, 25-23)

Notes: Lewisburg stat leaders: Ella Grace Holloway 9 kills, 2 blocks. Jayda Bradley 8 kills, 17 digs, Ava Becker 7 kills, Claire Smith 25 assists, 11 digs.

Lake Cormorant 3, Hernando 0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-21)

Notes: School-day game played at Hernando. Lake Cormorant stat leaders: Sofia Gonzalez 19 kills, 2 aces, 16 digs; Jania Rose 2 aces, 19 digs; Payton Davis 2 aces; Dallas White 34 assists. 

DeSoto Central 3, Southaven 0 (25-11, 25-8, 25-8)

Notes: DeSoto Central stat leaders: Kasey Scruggs had 13 aces and 8 kills. Sydney Tague had 18 assists and 6 aces. 

Center Hill 3, South Panola 0

Northpoint Christian 3, MHEA 0 (25-3, 25-9, 25-13)

Notes: Northpoint stat leaders: Kylee Reynolds 13 kills, 2 blocks, 1 dig; Quinn Thurman  8 kills, 2 aces, 1 dig; Avery Heun  2 kills, 8 assists, 1 ace 

Byhalia at Horn Lake (no report)

Grenada 3, Olive Branch 1

Girls’ soccer

Northpoint Christian 10, Sacred Heart 0 

Notes: Game called by mercy rule at halftime. Northpoint scoring leaders: Lane Purdy 3 goals, Hayden Moneymaker 3 goals, Anna Claire Dowdy shutout in goal.

JUCO volleyball – at Pensacola, Fla. 

Pensacola State, Fla. 3, Northwest 0

Coastal Alabama-East 3, Northwest 1

Bob Bakken

Bob Bakken is the most recognized and most trusted name in DeSoto County news and sports reporting, as readers continue to express their appreciation for his accuracy and fairness in the stories he writes. Bob is also heard on 95.3 The Rebel twice a week with sports updates and high school football play-by-play broadcasts in the fall. A former newspaper editor and writer, his award-winning background also includes television news producing, sports media relations, and radio broadcasting.

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