Lady Bobcats defeat Gulf Coast; take over South Division lead
Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2010-10-06 18:56:07
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
ELLISVILLE – The Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats felt they owed one to the Mississippi Gulf Coast Lady Bulldogs.
They got their chance for a bit of revenge and defeated the Lady Bulldogs, 2-0, here Wednesday afternoon on a sunshine-soaked day at Bobcat Soccer Field.
“They knew we should have won when we played them away,” JCJC head coach Dolores Deasley said of her Lady Bobcats’ loss at MGCCC last month. “Since that night, we’ve been ready for them to come here on our home turf. We played well today.”
JCJC had dropped a 1-0 decision at Perkinston on Sept. 11.
Wednesday’s victory puts the Lady Bobcats in first place in the South Division. JCJC is now 4-1 in league play, while Gulf Coast is 3-1-1.
That’s important because the South Division women’s winner will host the MACJC State Tournament on Oct. 23-24.
“Obviously, the goal for us now is not only making the playoffs, but hosting the state tournament,” said Deasley. “The girls want to finish first in division play.”
In the men’s game, Gulf Coast led 2-0 at halftime and held off the Bobcats, 2-1.
JCJC returns to division play on Saturday when they travel to Pearl River Community College. The women’s game begins at 5 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7 p.m.
Lady Bobcats 2, Lady Bulldogs 0
The game was scoreless for the first half.
“I thought we controlled the first 15 or 20 minutes of the first half, but we could not finish,” Deasley said. “We kind of let them get back in the game.”
JCJC finally broke the ice when Danica Roberts scored in the 57th minute off an assist by Trahrissa Monroe. Five minutes later, Aubrey Weems scored on a long shot with Arlette Cochran getting the assist.
“We had two outstanding finishes and I can’t complain with that,” Deasley said of the two goals. “After that first goal, I thought we settled down a bit and did even better defensively.”
Michelle Brumfield got the shutout in goal for the Lady Bobcats.
“She has down well for us,” Deasley said of the JCJC keeper. “She is our lone keeper, so we have tried to keep her injury-free all season. She works hard in practice. You can’t ask for more than a shutout.”
Deasley credited her team’s preparation with being critical to Wednesday’s victory.
“We have been trying to create a good, challenging atmosphere for them in practice,” she said. “I don’t think we were very challenged in our last three games, so we kind of got complacent a little bit. So, starting in practice last Friday, we just set more challenging goals for them through each session.
“Our last three practices – last Friday, Monday and yesterday – were absolutely outstanding. Things really started clicking. We knew we were ready and they were excited for the game.”
The Lady Bobcats defeated Pearl River 1-0 on Sept. 14 at home, but Deasley knows it will be a tougher match this time around.
“It won’t be easy playing on their home soil,” she said. “But we will prepare and practice well and, hopefully, come out with guns blazin’.”
Wednesday’s victory was the fifth straight for the Lady Bobcats, who are now 9-2-1 on the year. Gulf Coast drops to 8-2-1.
Bulldogs 2, Bobcats 1
It was a frustrating day for the JCJC men’s team.
The Bobcats fell behind by two goals in the first half. They controlled most of the second half, but just could not convert on enough opportunities.
The Bulldogs went up 1-0 in the 33rd minute on a free kick by Taylor Skelton. Gulf Coast made it 2-0 in the 37th minute when Taylor Thrash scored on an unassisted goal.
JCJC’s goal came in the 63rd minute when Giuliano Mancini scored.
The Bobcats fall to 6-6 overall, 2-3 in the division.
Gulf Coast improves to 10-1 overall, 5-0 in division play.
The Bulldogs will host Co-Lin on Friday.