West Jones girls soccer wins back-to-back 5A championships

West Jones girls soccer wins back-to-back 5A championships

Madison, Ms (WDAM) - West Jones girls soccer is a dominant force. Since 2009, they've either won or competed for a state title with the lone exception of the 2012-2013 season.

Saturday on Madison Central's campus the Lady Mustangs accomplished program history.

With a chance for back-to-back 5A state titles on the line in the waning seconds of sudden death overtime in a 1-1 tie, sophomore Meredith Follis, who scored earlier in the match against Germantown, set up for a corner kick and let it fly.

Eighth grader Briana Carr's ensuing volley off a deflected clearance from a Lady Commodores defender captured West Jones' fourth championship in seven years with a 2-1 win.

"Man it was just incredible. It was a pretty cross from Meredith," Carr said.

Senior goalkeeper Abby Baravik was relieved her teammate came through in the clutch.

"I'm glad we didn't go to PK's," Baravik said with a quick laugh. "It was amazing. I mean it was just so last minute and spontaneous and it just felt great."

The program experienced early season turmoil with the suspension of head coach Craig Winship due to coaching violations, but under the leadership of Joshua Sullivan, the Lady Mustangs prospered.

"The girls fight. They never give up," Sullivan said moments after the victory. "Coming into this season it was a lot of new faces on the field. Some girls graduated out. I lost one at Christmas, (Carly Mauldin) moved on to a SEC school, Mississippi State, so that's a blessing for the program here, but the girls are resilient."

Baravik added that hard times make her team stronger.

"We don't fall apart. We just come together and we work through adversity and that just makes us who we are and that's how we won a back-to-back state title is just working through it."

West Jones was in 4A when they won the title in 2009.