Lady Bobcats capture Region 23 soccer championship!

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2010-10-29 21:52:41

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

RAYMOND – The Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats are headed to Texas!

JCJC’s Danica Roberts scored from about 20 yards away at the 75:27 mark to give the Lady Bobcats a thrilling, 1-0 victory over the Meridian Community College Lady Eagles in the championship game of the Region 23 Tournament here Friday evening at Tom Shepherd Field on the campus of Hinds Community College.

“I am extremely proud of the team,” said a jubilant Dolores Deasley, the third-year head coach of the Lady Bobcats. “I thought we were by far the better team and I am just so delighted with the girls.”

The victory puts JCJC into the Southeast District Tournament, which will be a one-game event at the site of the Region 14 winner. Tyler Junior College (Texas) is the top-ranked team in the nation and will host either Navarro College (Texas) or Lon Morris Junior College (Texas) on Sunday to determine the Region 14 winner.

The Lady Bobcats will make the trip to Texas and will play on Saturday, Nov. 6. The winner of that game will advance to the NJCAA National Tournament Nov. 18-21 in Topeka, Kan.

The Lady Bobcats were in control for much of the match vs. MCC.

JCJC had six shots on goal in the first 13 minutes of play, including a penalty kick by Roberts. But they could not put the ball in the net.

“We had so many opportunities in the first half,” said Deasley.

Both teams had their chances in the second half, but the game stayed scoreless until Roberts, a freshman from Liversedge, England, took a pass from George County sophomore Arlette Cochran and put the ball over the MCC keeper’s hands into the top of the net.

“I told the girls to go out and enjoy the match,” said Deasley. “There was no pressure on us and I think we played our best game of the year. We were finally able to put one in there at the end.

“We are so happy about the victory and the girls just did a great job.”

JCJC improves to 15-2-1 on the season, which is a school record for wins. Mobile, Ala., freshman goalkeeper Michelle Brumfield recorded her 12th shutout in goal and it was the 11th consecutive victory for the Lady Bobcats.

JCJC avenged an earlier 4-3 loss to MCC and it was also the third consecutive 1-0 victory in the postseason for the Lady Bobcats. They defeated Itawamba and Hinds in 1-0 contests last week at home to claim the MACJC State Tournament.



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