Pearl River Community College used a late surge to take a hard-fought 3-1 victory over Southwest Friday night in MACJC South Division soccer action at the PRCC Sports Complex.
The Lady Wildcats (3-1 overall, 2-1 division) peppered the goal with 38 shots in their game, 20 on goal, but the Lady Bears (1-5, 0-3) still managed to tie the game 1-1 when Kennedy Mount converted a mistake in the back for an unassisted goal at 66:16.
The Pearl River Community College Lady Wildcats opened their 2016 soccer season by defeating Itawamba 2-0 Saturday at the PRCC Sports Complex.
Despite owning a 13-4 advantage in shots, and a 5-0 edge in shots-on-goal, the two teams finished the first half in a scoreless deadlock.
"Itawamba defended well, but they also tried to counter us, and on a couple of occasions nearly scored on us,” said PRCC coach Jack Byrd. “However, I liked our possession (percentage) in the first 45 minutes.”
Despite losing practically all of its scoring from last season, the Pearl River Community College women expect to challenge for another MACJC state soccer championship in 2016.
The Lady Wildcats won their second straight state title last fall, and their third in the past four seasons, and veteran head coach Jack Byrd thinks he’s reloaded for another championship run.
“Last year was a sophomore-heavy team,” Byrd said. “We had six freshman. This year, we are definitely a freshman-heavy team.”
The Pearl River Community College women completed their exhibition soccer schedule with a 3-1 victory over Northwest Mississippi Saturday afternoon at Senatobia.
Sophomore Kelsey Taylor scored two goals to lead the Lady Wildcats in the victory. Taylor’s first goal came with just 16 seconds remaining in the first half on a pass from freshman Olivia Moger.
The Pearl River Community College Lady Wildcats got a pair of goals by freshman Melly Snyder in the first of three 30-minute periods, and cruised to a 3-0 victory over Holmes in a soccer exhibition Tuesday afternoon at the PRCC Sports Complex.
Pearl River Community College hosted some 65 high school girls in graades 9-12, along with several members of the 2016 Lady Wildcat team, at its annual High School Soccer Team camp at the PRCC Sports Complex.
The girls overcame the hot weather to work on improving skills such as passing, dribbling, shooting and defending.
POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College honored its 2015 women’s soccer team Monday night in an awards banquet at Crosby Hall on the PRCC campus.
Each member of last fall’s team were presented with state championship rings commemorating the Lady Wildcats’ MACJC/Region 23 state title, won in a muddy 3-1 victory over Jones County at Raymond. It was PRCC’s second consecutive state championship and third in four seasons.
Pearl River finished its season 15-2 overall.
POPLARVILLE – The championship soccer programs at Pearl River Community College celebrated their 2016 signing class Thursday night with a Media Day event at Crosby Hall on the PRCC campus.
A group of 11 signees, out of 13 total, were in attendance to show their support for the Lady Wildcat program, while nine of 10 signees for the Wildcat men were there.
“Well, we’ll have some depth, where we didn’t last season,” said veteran Lady Wildcat coach Jack Byrd, whose teams are 114-16-6 in his nine seasons at the helm.
POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College sophomore midfielder Lyndsey Lee has added one more award to her lengthy list of honors for the 2015 soccer season.
Lee was named to the NJCAA All-America third team, which was announced Thursday.
Lee, a native of Picayune who played high school soccer at Our Lady Academy, is the fifth Lady Wildcat player to earn All-America honors since the program’s debut in 2003.
“She’s the best player I’ve ever coached,” said PRCC coach Jack Byrd. “I think it shows the respect other coaches in our region have for her.
POPLARVILLE – Several Pearl River Community College soccer standouts completed their junior college careers this past weekend, earning a number of honors in the process.
Sophomores Lyndsey Lee of Picayune and Chance Bourdene of Flowood were South Most Valuable Player for their respective teams this past weekend at the third annual MACJC All-Star Game at Ridgeland.
The North women won 2-1 over the South, while the South men were 5-3 winners over the North.