Many times in soccer, it’s not the number of shots a team takes, but what that team does with those shots.
Despite a huge edge in shots, Pearl River Community College is out of the MACJC playoffs after Northwest Mississippi scored a goal with 3:46 to play in the first overtime period
The goal handed the Lady Wildcats a 1-0 season-ending defeat in the first round of the playoffs Tuesday night at the PRCC Sports Complex.
Northwest (11-5-0) advanced to play Holmes Saturday in the State Tournament semifinals at Ridgeland. PRCC completed its season 8-1-4.
Pearl River had plenty of opportunities to score, peppering the goal with 28 shots, 17 on goal, but Lady Ranger goalkeeper Angel Hailey stopped them all, allowing her team to score a game-winner in overtime on just its third shot of the game.
Lauren Snyder took a pass along the left sideline, beat the defender and sent a high arcing shot that fell in the net over the head of Lady Wildcat sophomore keeper Karsen Gildea (Ocean Springs) at 96:14.
The Lady Wildcats had 19 shots in the second half and overtime, 14 on goal. By contrast, Northwest did not get a single shot until midway through the second half on a shot on-goal from Landyn Hoover.
Freshman Sarah Havens (Hurley) had 5 shots for PRCC, 3 on goal, and sophomore Kayla Nobles (Hurley) had 4 shots, all on goal.
PRCC SOCCER SUMMARY
Tuesday at Poplarville
Northwest Mississippi 1, Pearl River 0 (OT)
NORTHWEST (11-5-0): 1. Lauren Snyder (unassisted), 96:14. GK – Angel Hailey 17 saves. YC – None. RC – None.
PEARL RIVER (8-1-4): GK – Karsen Gildea 2 saves. YC – None. RC – None.