Lady Bobcats to play for state soccer title

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2010-10-23 22:51:16

  By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – The Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats are one victory away from a state soccer championship.

Macey Endris scored off an assist by Danica Roberts at the 69:10 mark to lift JCJC to a hard-fought, 1-0 victory over Itawamba Community College here Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Soccer Field in the opening round of the MACJC State Tournament.

“I thought we came out and started the game with a really high tempo,” said Lady Bobcat head coach Dolores Deasley. “We moved the ball very well and had a good half, but the ball just would not find the back of the net.

“All in all, we are happy. We could have scored more, but we will take it and come back tomorrow and try to finish it off.”

JCJC will face Hinds Community College at 1 p.m. on Sunday for the championship. Hinds defeated Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, 1-0.

On the men’s side, Hinds whipped Pearl River, 4-1, and Gulf Coast edged Holmes Community College, 2-1, in overtime. Hinds and Gulf Coast will play at 3 p.m. for the men’s championship.

The winners of the state tournament will advance to the Region 23 Tournament, which will be held at the site of the men’s state champion.

It will be held either Oct. 29-30 or Oct. 30-31 with the women’s state champion facing Meridian Community College in the title game.  The winner of that game will advance to the district tournament for a matchup with top-ranked Tyler Junior College (Texas) in Tyler on Nov. 7.

There will be two matches in the men’s regional tournament. Meridian will take on the MACJC runnerup in a semifinal contest with the winner facing the state champion for the title.


JCJC 1, Itawamba 0

The Lady Bobcats had numerous chances to score in both halves of play, but could only find the net when Roberts set up for a free kick.

The ball did not go in on her kick, but Endris crashed the goal and put the ball in the net for the game’s only score.

Michelle Brumfield was in goal for the Lady Bobcats, as the hosts notched their 10th shutout of the season.

“I think Macey was outstanding today,” Deasley said. “I think it was one of her better games. Danica was outstanding, too. Again, I think all of the girls did well.”

JCJC had beaten ICC 3-0 back in the season opener in August. But Deasley felt it would a more difficult match this time around.

“We were expecting a tough game,” she said. “They were a totally different team than when we played them in the first game of the season. They worked really hard, they were organized and they did not make it easy for us.”

“We had a lot of chances in the first half and we did not capitalize. Thankfully, we got one to fall for us in the second half. But our girls worked really hard.”

Deasley expects another difficult game Sunday vs. Hinds.

The Lady Bobcats defeated the Lady Eagles 2-1 in overtime in Raymond back on Sept. 7.

“It’s going to be an electric game,” she said. “I think both teams may be fairly tired after playing hard today. We both had tough games.

“Hinds will come to battle and scrap. It was tough when we played them up there and I expect another tough game. It’s going to come down to who wants it most. I know Hinds will be confident after beating Gulf Coast, so the first half will be vital for us.”

JCJC has now won nine straight games and is 13-2-1 on the season.

Itawamba ends the year at 7-11.

Hinds 1, Gulf Coast 0

The Lady Eagles got a goal from Jennifer Hill at the 72:54 mark and made it stand up.

Hinds improves to 11-6, while Gulf Coast ends the year at 11-4-1.


Gulf Coast 2, Holmes 1 (OT)

Gulf Coast’s Patrick Ryland scored at the 8:11 mark of the second 10-minute overtime period to give MGCCC the victory.

Gulf Coast had taken a 1-0 lead at the 13:49 mark on a Michael Dye goal. Holmes tied it in dramatic fashion when Jared Twyner scored at the 89:23.3 mark (:36.7 seconds left) of regulation.

Gulf Coast is now 14-1 on the year, while Holmes ends their season at 10-5.

Hinds 4, Pearl River 1

The Eagles took control quickly against the Wildcats.

James Hoye scored for Hinds at the 7:35 mark to make it 1-0. Adam Pinson followed with a goal at 11:39 and John Wixson’s goal gave the Eagles a 3-0 lead at the 24:22 mark.

Pearl River got on the board with a Joe Adejo goal at the 57:14 mark, but Hoye answered with his second goal at the 76:52 mark.

Hinds improves to 15-2 and Pearl River concludes the season with an 11-4-1 record.


Tournament notes

- Video highlights of each tournament game are posted at Tournament DVDs.

- DVDs of each tournament game are on sale for $20 and expected to be available for purchase within two weeks after the tournament.

- Admission is $5.

- Tournament programs are $2.

- Tournament t-shirts are $15.

- Concession stand will be available. (Hamburgers, sausage dogs, soft drinks, candy, etc.)

- Tournament scores will be updated on and on Twitter at jcjc_athletics.


MACJC Soccer Tournament

At Bobcat Soccer Field

At Ellisville

Saturday’s results


Hinds 1, Gulf Coast 0

Jones County 1, Itawamba 0


Hinds 4, Pearl River 1

Gulf Coast 2, Holmes 1 (OT)

Sunday’s games

1 p.m., women’s championship, Jones County vs. Hinds

3 p.m., men’s championship, Hinds vs. Gulf Coast


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