HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Oak Grove soccer is back in the playoffs as both the boys and girls visit Gulfport on Saturday.
The Lady Warriors seek their fourth state championship (2000, 2001, 2007) while the Warriors look for their first after reaching the state finals three times.
Both clubs are hungry after falling in the South State title last season.
"From the first game, we're just going to need a level-head,” said Oak Grove senior centre-back Jordan Smith. “Don’t let the pressure get to you, we just got to play our game. Stay calm, no fear. Just go out there and play like we know how to play and I think we can make it very far."
"I think all it's going to take is heart and passion,” said Oak Grove junior striker Elian Fajardo. “We worked hard this year, we gave it our all in practice, we ran, we’re pretty fit. It should be a good match."
Here is a look at the round two playoff matchups for high school soccer around the Pine Belt.
- 5A girls – South Jones at Long Beach (5:30 p.m.)
- 5A boys – West Jones at Long Beach (7 p.m.)
- 6A girls – Oak Grove at Gulfport (1 p.m.)
- 6A boys – Oak Grove at Gulfport (3 p.m.)
- 5A girls – West Jones at West Harrison (1 p.m.)
- 5A boys – Laurel awaits the winner of Forest Hill and West Harrison
- 1A/2A/3A girls – Clarkdale at Sacred Heart (3 p.m.)
- 1A/2A/3A boys – Franklin County at Sacred Heart