Lady Bobcats capture state soccer championship
Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2010-10-24 17:55:21
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
ELLISVILLE – The Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats continue to add to their list of accomplishments.
Danica Roberts scored at the 2:52 mark of sudden death overtime off an assist from Dana Ivey to lift the Lady Bobcats to a 1-0 victory over the Hinds Community College Lady Eagles in the championship game of the 2010 MACJC State Tournament here Sunday afternoon at Bobcat Soccer Field.
“We just needed somebody that was going to be composed in the final third and slide it into the goal,” JCJC head coach Dolores Deasley said. “Danica managed to pull it off for us one more time.”
The victory was the 10th straight for the Lady Bobcats and improves their record to 14-2-1. That’s a school record for victories, plus it’s the first-ever state championship in the history of the school’s soccer program.
Deasley said the entire group cannot be given enough credit for the team’s success.
“All of the girls have been outstanding, to be honest. I really just can’t give it to one player,” she said. “I have a unique bunch this year. Like I have been saying all year, they have wanted a state championship this year and they have gone after it day in and day out.”
JCJC will now face the Meridian Community College Lady Eagles for the Region 23 title. That will be at Hinds on a day and time to be determined. The winner of that game will head to the district tournament on Nov. 6 in Tyler, Texas, against top-ranked Tyler Junior College.
Hinds won the men’s championship with a 1-0 victory over Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
Hinds will host the regional tournament this week, but Gulf Coast will face the Meridian men in a play-in game the day before the region tournament is played. The winner of the play-in game meets Hinds for the Region 23 title.
Officials hope to finalize plans for the Region 23 Tournament on Monday.
Lady Bobcats 1, Lady Eagles 0
It was a similar contest to the first one these two teams played back on Sept. 7 in Raymond when JCJC won 2-1 in overtime.
Deasley felt the conditioning of her team made the difference.
“We would have dragged them off the field if we needed to, but none of them needed it,” she said. “By far, we were the fittest and strongest team. But that’s a tribute to Hinds. They really worked hard and made us work for it. Thankfully, it fell our way at the end.”
It was also the 11th shutout this season for JCJC, which is a credit to keeper Michelle Brumfield and the Lady Bobcat defenders. Roberts’ goal was her 16th of the year, which tops the state.
Deasley also praised the team’s commitment to success as being crucial.
“At the end of the day, it goes back to character and the level of discipline they have,” she said. “They are in college and you might expect them to be going out and partying and having a great time. But pretty much everything I’ve told these girls to do, they have done. They have had that discipline since day one.
“They could have been out partying with their friends and classmates, but they decided to stay in their dorms, rest up, hydrate their bodies and stay fit. We kept preaching to them all year to keep doing the simple things and smart things and it will pay off in the end.
“And it did today.”
Now, JCJC focuses its attention on Meridian, a team they lost to 4-3 back on Sept. 16. The Lady Bobcats have not lost since that time, but Deasley said the squad remembers the game vs. MCC.
“That was a tough game,” she said. “We played them at Meridian and fell behind 2-0. We weren’t too happy with the way we played in the first half up there. Hopefully, we can rectify that. Hopefully, we can play well from the start.
“But we will have a couple of days off and rest up because we have had two tough games.”
Hinds ends the year at 11-7.
Fans can visit www.jcjc.edu and view highlights from all of the games that were played in the 2010 MACJC Soccer Tournament.
Hinds 1, Gulf Coast 0
The game was scoreless until the 71:54 mark of the game when Hinds’ Dillon Walker scored after teammate Adam Johnson had attempted a free kick. Walker got the rebound and put the game-winner home.
The Eagles are now 16-2, while Gulf Coast falls to 14-2.