Lady ‘Cats make state-region cut with 4-0 shutout victory over ECCC in quarterfinals

Lady ‘Cats make state-region cut with 4-0 shutout victory over ECCC in quarterfinals

POPLARVILLE, MS (WDAM) -  The following is a news release from Pearl River Community College:

Pearl River's women's and men's soccer squads face of with archrival Jones County for the third time this season when the two teams vie for semi-final victories in the MACJC-Region 23 Tournament at JCJC in Ellisville.

The Lady Wildcats, 10-4-1 overall, copped their semi-final berth with a 4-0 quarterfinal shutout over East Central Tuesday in Decatur, while the Wildcats, 9-4-1 overall, earned an automatic spot in the semis with its No. 1 finish in the South Division in the regular season.

PRCC's women face the 14th-ranked and South Division champ Lady Bobcats, 16-0 overall,  at 10 a.m. on Saturday, while the men's match up is set for 5:30 p.m. JCJC's men are 7-7-1 following their 3-2 quarterfinal victory over Itawamba Tuesday in Fulton.

The Lady Wildcats were swept by the JCJC women in previous regular season contests --- 2-0 in Poplarville on Sept. 20 and 4-0 in Ellisville Oct. 21 --- while the Wildcats clinched its division crown with a 1-0 win over the Bobcats in Ellisville after taking a 2-1 home victory in their first meeting.

In Tuesday's women's quarterfinal win over East Central, Pearl River led 2-0 at the half off goals by Hailey Furlan of Bay High and Morgan Saucier of West Harrison High, while Amber Dye of West Harrison High scored the Lady Wildcats' first goal of the second half followed by a second score by Furlan.

Dye, Ashlyn Fletcher of Pass Christian High, Saucier, and Autumn St. Ann out of Acadiana High in Lafayette, La., all had assists for The River.

Following the Lady Wildcat-Lady Bobcats semi-final contest Saturday, North No. 1 Hinds, 10-3-2, faces North No. 3 Northwest Mississippi, 10-4-4, at 12:30 p.m., while men's action kicks off at 3 p.m. with North No. 1 Hinds, 9-5, facing South No. 2 Mississippi Gulf Coast, 13-4-1, followed by the Wildcat-Bobcat contest at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday's winners earn berths in the state-regional championship games with the women playing at 1:30 p.m. and the men at 4 p.m. Sunday.