A lot of firsts are at stake if the Pearl River Community College men's and women's soccer teams were to run the table, starting today. Both are coming off state and region championships last weekend, and both begin their quests for national titles this weekend.
This afternoon, the men will take on Paris Community College in Tyler, Tex. Not only have the Wild Cats never won in Texas, no MACJC team has ever won in the Lone Star State. If Paul Martin's team pulled it off, they would head to Athens, Ga. for the national championship final.
As for the women, they will host Brevard Community College, ranked as the number one team in the country, on Saturday. Jack Byrd's squad is already in un-charted territory. No team at Pearl River has ever made it past the region championship, and Saturday will be the first time the nation's number one-ranked program has ever played in Poplarville.
The women have a little rockier road to the top of the mountain. Win, and they travel to Florida for the national semi-finals. Game time in Poplarville on Saturday is set for 1:00 pm.
Of course, a national championship for either squad will also be a first.
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