After an unprecedented period of dominance, the Pearl River Community College men’s soccer team may finally be facing a rebuilding program under a new coach.
The Wildcats have won four consecutive MACJC/Region 23 Tournament state championships, but if Pearl River is to make it five straight, a young team is going to gel quickly.
Despite losing practically all of its scoring from last season, the Pearl River Community College women expect to challenge for another MACJC state soccer championship in 2016.
The Lady Wildcats won their second straight state title last fall, and their third in the past four seasons, and veteran head coach Jack Byrd thinks he’s reloaded for another championship run.
“Last year was a sophomore-heavy team,” Byrd said. “We had six freshman. This year, we are definitely a freshman-heavy team.”
Pearl River Community College showed big improvement on defense in the Wildcats’ second preseason football scrimmage Saturday night at Dobie Holden Stadium.
After allowing 511 yards in last week’s scrimmage, the Wildcats kept the offense off the board in the first half and surrendered just 289 yards this week.
“Last week, we were sloppy, very sloppy,” said sophomore cornerback Tyler Jack, who had a key interception to snuff out a drive midway through the first half. “This week, we came out and made big plays like we were supposed to do.”
The Pearl River Community College women completed their exhibition soccer schedule with a 3-1 victory over Northwest Mississippi Saturday afternoon at Senatobia.
Sophomore Kelsey Taylor scored two goals to lead the Lady Wildcats in the victory. Taylor’s first goal came with just 16 seconds remaining in the first half on a pass from freshman Olivia Moger.
The Pearl River Community College men's soccer team fell short Tuesday afternoon in a 2-1 defeat to Holmes in an exhibition contest at the PRCC Sports Complex.
Holmes got both of its goals within a two-minute span late in the first half. Luis Lopez opened the scoring on a crossing pass from David Born, and the Bulldogs added to their lead on a goal by Ramon Barcenas, on an assist from Cristian Macias.
The Pearl River Community College Lady Wildcats got a pair of goals by freshman Melly Snyder in the first of three 30-minute periods, and cruised to a 3-0 victory over Holmes in a soccer exhibition Tuesday afternoon at the PRCC Sports Complex.