The soccer schedule makers were kind to Pearl River Community College, as struggling Copiah-Lincoln paid a visit to the PRCC Sports Complex Friday.
Freshman Junior Sanchez scored twice, and the Wildcats held on for 2-1 victory over the Wolves in the men’s game, following an 8-1 rout by the Lady Wildcats in the women’s game.
The South Division wins kept PRCC’s playoff hopes alive for both teams, as the Wildcats improved to 5-7 overall and 3-4 in division, while the Lady Wildcats climbed to 6-5 and 4-3.
Sanchez, out of Oak Grove, got his first goal at 24:29 on an assist by Anthony Hertzke (Lucedale), then made it 2-0 at 68:24 after an interception and a counterattack for an unassisted goal.
Co-Lin (1-12, 0-7) got one goal back at 74:59, but was unable to get a tying score, despite tremendous pressure in the final 10 minutes.
PRCC’s playoff hopes got a big boost when Southwest defeated Meridian 4-1 in other action Friday. The Wildcats can help themselves further by defeating the Bears at Wesson on Wednesday, then beating Meridian at home next Friday.
PRCC SOCCER SUMMARY
Friday at Poplarville
Pearl River 2, Copiah-Lincoln 1
COPIAH-LINCOLN (1-12, 0-7 in South): Chaunn Davidson (Anthony Rodrigues), 74:59. GK – Justin Fowler 7 saves.
PEARL RIVER (5-7, 3-4 in South): Junior Sanchez (Anthony Hertzke), 24:29; Junior Sanchez (unassisted), 68:24. GK – Travis Harper 2 saves.
Halftime score: 1-0, PRCC.