Lady Bobcats to play for Region 23 title on Friday

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2010-10-28 15:15:25

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – The Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats are not satisfied with just winning the MACJC state soccer championship.

They now have their sights focused squarely on a Region 23 crown.

“We have won a state championship and now we have a great opportunity to go even further,” said JCJC head coach Dolores Deasley on Thursday afternoon. “If we show up and play the way we are capable of playing, not only will we have a state championship, we can also take region.”

JCJC, 14-2-1, battles the 9-1-1 Meridian Community College Lady Eagles at 5 p.m. Friday at Tom Shepherd Field on the campus of Hinds Community College in Raymond. The winner of that game will head to the district tournament at the site of the Region 14 winner on Nov. 6.

The Lady Bobcats hosted and won the state tournament last week, beating Itawamba, 1-0, in the semifinals and Hinds, 1-0 in overtime, for the state crown. Jones has now won 10 straight games and posted 11 shutouts. The 14 victories are a school record for victories.

In fact, their last defeat came at Meridian, 4-3, on Sept. 16.  Meridian jumped out to a 2-0 lead at intermission, but JCJC scored two goals in the first four minutes of the second half to make it 2-2. MCC then went up 3-2, but JCJC tied it at 3-3.

The Lady Eagles got the game-winner in the final ten minutes of play.

Deasley said the Lady Bobcats remember that game and they respect the Lady Eagles.

“We lost to Meridian earlier in the season, so the girls are ready for a little bit of revenge,” Deasley said. “Hopefully, things can fall our way. At this point, we are just anxious to be playing.

“Meridian is good. They are quick on the counter-attack and moving forward. So, it definitely won’t be an easy game.”

Liversedge, England, freshman Danica Roberts, who scored the game-winning goal vs. Hinds off an assist by George County sophomore Dana Ivey, leads the state in goals scored with 16 and tops the South Division with 35 points. Madison Central freshman Macey Endris, who scored the game-winner vs. Itawamba, has ten goals and 23 points on the season.

West Jones sophomore Bridget Dennis, a Southern Miss commitment, has seven goals and three assists for 17 points, while Madison Central freshman Chelsea Wooten has six goals, five assists and 17 points.

Mobile, Ala., freshman goalkeeper Michelle Brumfield has 11 shutouts.

Deasley expects her team can play its best game of the season vs. MCC.

“If we go up and accept a loss to Meridian just because we won a state championship, then we would have underachieved,” she said. “If we go up and play a good game and play how we can play, work our backsides off and get beat by a better team, then we will accept that.”

Deasley hopes her team can continue to play with confidence after claiming the state crown.

“We are very excited to be playing,” she said. “The girls are on a wee cloud there after winning the state championship. But we are trying to re-focus this week and get them back to normality.”

The winner of Friday’s game will travel to meet the winner of Region 14 on Nov. 6 in a district tournament game. The winner of that game will advance to the NJCAA Tournament on Nov. 18-21 in Topeka, Kan.


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