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Sturdivant: ‘We’re close’- 03/08/2021

Sturdivant: ‘We’re close’

 

By Kevin Taylor

Alma Schools 

 

Alma soccer coach Cory Sturdivant was hurting for his players Friday night. Both Alma's boys and girls teams opened 5A-West play with losses to Mountain Home last week. 

 

The Airedales (0-2, 0-1) dropped a 4-0 decision to the Bombers. 

 

The Lady Airedales (0-2, 0-1) suffered a 2-0 loss to the Lady Bombers. 

 

"We're just one away from turning the page," Sturdivant said. "We're close."

 

The Lady Airedales will get a chance to redeem themselves next month when they travel to Mountain Home. In the meantime, both the girls and the boys host Dardanelle Tuesday and resume conference play Friday with Vilonia. 

 

The Lady Airedales spent most of the night on Mountain Home's end of the field and had a number of shots on goal. 

 

"They need to keep their heads up because that was one hundred percent effort and one percent heart," Sturdivant said. "They're all in; even the girls on the sideline are in. The enthusiasm from the people on the bench is just as important as those on the field."

 

Senior keeper Sidney Hatley played well, despite allowing just two goals, both in a span of a minute of one another.

 

"She has the natural athletic ability," Sturdivant said. "She's already figured out how to communicate with the girls; she understands when she needs to leave my line and when to stay. Those are attributes we had to continue to coach until we found someone, and she immediately brings that to the table."

 

Hatley is a three-sport standout for the Lady Airedales hasn’t had any time off since last summer. She went from volleyball to basketball, and straight to soccer following the Lady Airedales’ last basketball game.

 

"The first day we were out here, she was blocking shots by using volleyball skills," Sturdivant said. "Her ability and her attitude, she's meshed really well with the girls.

 

"I'm super excited that she's out here with us."