Lady Bobcats claim first-ever South Division soccer title
Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2010-10-15 18:59:56
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
ELLISVILLE – History was made at the Bobcat Soccer Field here on a sunny, Friday afternoon.
The Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats captured their first-ever MACJC South Division championship with a 4-0 victory over the Southwest Mississippi Community College Lady Bears.
The victory earns the Lady Bobcats the host role in the MACJC State Tournament, which will be played Oct. 23-24.
“I’m extremely proud of the team,” said third-year Lady Bobcat head coach Dolores Deasley. “They have worked hard all season. They have come in with the mindset where they want to be No. 1, they want to win state and they have just gone after it.
“Obviously, I am very pleased with today. I was a wee bit nervous coming into it. We would expect to beat Southwest, but it’s easy to get complacent when you think you are already there. But we did really, really well, worked hard and took care of business.”
JCJC’s Danica Roberts got the Lady Bobcats on the board at the 6:25 mark with a goal off a Bridget Dennis assist. Roberts got the second goal off another Dennis assist at the 12:15 mark to make it 2-0. The Lady Bobcats went up 3-0 at the 40:18 mark when Brandee Kovacevich scored off an assist by Sarah O’Quinn. The final goal came when Chelsea Wooten scored at the 65:50 mark.
Michelle Brumfield was in goal for the Lady Bobcats.
Jones has now won eight straight matches and improves its record to 12-2-1. That is also the most wins ever in a season for the Lady Bobcats. They conclude division play at 7-1.
JCJC is also unbeaten at home, which was another goal of the team. The tie (1-1) came against nationally rated Polk State College (Fla.) on Sept. 4. They know if they remain unbeaten at home, then they will be state champions.
“We could not be any happier about hosting the state tournament,” Deasley said. “The girls are excited that they will get to play on their home soil. One of our team goals this year was to be undefeated at home and we’ve done that so far.
“That’s still our season goal because we know if do that, we will be state champions. There is no doubt in my mind that we can do it.”
The tournament bracket is still to be determined because other teams will not conclude regular season play until Wednesday. But Jones would face the No. 2 team from the North Division in their opening match at 1 p.m. on Oct. 23. That would be either Itawamba Community College or Hinds Community College.
Now, JCJC has an entire week to prepare for the tournament.
“It’s going to be a week of preparation,” said Deasley. “You would almost hope to have a game just to get us going and maintain the intensity. But hopefully, we will be able to create that in our practices and be ready to go on that Saturday afternoon.”
It was also “Sophomore Day” on Friday as the Lady Bobcats honored seven players and a manager.
Arlette Cochran, Mallory Cowart, Bridget Dennis, Dana Ivey, Jamie Miller, Leah Shams, Aubrey Weems and manager Shelby Holifield were all recognized before the game for their contributions to the Lady Bobcat soccer program.
Southwest falls to 1-10-1 on the season, 0-7 in division play. The Lady Bears end regular season play by hosting Co-Lin on Wednesday.
Bobcats 5, Bears 0
The JCJC men’s team concluded the regular season on a high note by blanking the Bears, 5-0.
Jake Benton got the ‘hat trick’ for Jones, scoring all goals in the second half. He scored at 52:40, 64:00 and 81:20. Nick Peden scored at 25:01 to give Jones a 1-0 halftime lead and Giuliano Mancini ended the scoring at 86:35.
Dillon Boatner, Manuel Ferrer, Logan Martin and John-Mark Harris had assists for JCJC.
The Bobcats end the year at 8-7 overall, 4-4 in division play.
Southwest is 2-11-1 and 0-7.
JCJC is scheduled to play Delta State University in a scrimmage at 1 p.m. on Wednesday in Cleveland.
October 23 games
9 a.m., women, North 1 (Hinds or Itawamba) vs. South 2 (Gulf Coast or Pearl River)
11 a.m., men, North 1 (Hinds) vs. South 2 (Gulf Coast or Pearl River)
1 p .m., women, South 1 (Jones) vs. North 2 (Itawamba or Hinds)
3 p.m., men, South 1 (Gulf Coast or Pearl River) vs. North 2 (Holmes)
October 24 games
1 p.m., women’s championship
3 p.m., men’s championship