POPLARVILLE – Romar Smith was in the right place at the right time for the Pearl River men Friday night in MACJC soccer action at the PRCC.
Smith’s header off a corner kick by Cole Wooten with 6:11 to play in the game gave the Wildcats a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Gulf Coast in a rematch of last season’s thrilling MACJC State Tournament championship game.
PRCC, the defending state champions, remained undefeated at 3-0; Gulf Coast dropped to 2-2. It was the South Division opener for both teams.
POPLARVILLE – After opening the 2015 season with a double dose of victory in two road games, Pearl River makes its home soccer debut Friday with a pair of games against Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Kickoff at the PRCC Athletic Complex for the women’s game is set for 5 p.m., with the men’s game scheduled for approximately 7 p.m.
“It will be nice to finally play at home,” said Lady Wildcats coach Jack Byrd.
POPLARVILLE – Pearl River’s women opened their 2015 season on a successful note Friday afternoon, scoring a 6-0 victory over Holmes in soccer action at Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland.
Freshman Kira Morrell of Laurel had two second-half goals as the Lady Wildcats pulled away from the punchless Lady Bulldogs (1-1).
PRCC started slow, but picked it up late in the first half with a pair of goals two minutes apart. Sarah Fortenberry got the first goal of the season by knocking in the rebound on a shot off the crossbar by Hailey Furlan.
POPLARVILLE – Tyler Polderman had a goal and an assist as Pearl River’s men opened their 2015 soccer season with a 4-0 victory over Holmes Thursday at Ridgeland.
“It was a good result for us,” said Wildcat coach Paul Martin. “We were a little slow to get started, but that’s predictable for the first game.”
Freshman Suleiman Carr of Mobile, Ala., opened the scoring in the 17th minute taking a pass from Polderman, a freshman from Picayune, and burying the shot for the first goal of the season.
POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College’s soccer regular season will get underway for real this weekend with a pair of games against Holmes Community College.
The Wildcats will battle the Bulldogs at 4 p.m. Thursday, with the Lady Wildcats facing the Lady Bulldogs at 2 p.m. Friday. Both games will be played at Freedom Ridge Park near the HCC campus in Ridgeland.
PRCC’s men dropped a 3-0 decision in an exhibition contest on Aug. 15 at William Carey University in their only action so far this year.
POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College’s soccer regular-season opening games scheduled for Friday at Itawamba have been postponed because of the threat of inclement weather in the Fulton area.
The MACJC doubleheader has been rescheduled to Sunday, Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. for the women and 4 p.m. for the men.
The Lady Wildcats will now open their season with an exhibition game at 5 p.m. Tuesday against William Carey University in Hattiesburg. Both teams will then play at Holmes, but on separate days, the men at 4 p.m. Thursday and the women at 2 p.m. Friday.
POPLARVILLE – The 2015-16 athletic year at Pearl River Community College officially begins on Friday, as the school’s soccer teams open the regular season with a doubleheader against Itawamba.
Kickoff at Fulton is set for 2 p.m. for the women, with the men’s game scheduled for 4 p.m.
Both the Wildcats and the Lady Wildcats are coming off championship seasons, as both squads captured the MACJC/Region 23 championships in 2014. Both teams also posted a record of 12-5-1 overall.
HATTIESBURG – Pearl River Community College opened its 2015 men’s soccer season with a 3-0 exhibition defeat at the hands of William Carey University Saturday at Crusader Field on the WCU campus.
Carey, of the Southern States Athletic Conference, scored one goal in the first half, then two more in the second as they also saw the Crusaders’ first action of the year.
Despite the defeat, Wildcat coach Paul Martin was pleased with his team as it prepares to defend its MACJC state championship from 2014.
POPLARVILLE – The Pearl River Community College has been king of the hill in MACJC men’s soccer for the past three seasons, and head coach Paul Martin thinks the Wildcats have the tools to stay on top.
“We’ve got a talented group, a large team,” said Martin, now entering his fifth season at PRCC. “We don’t have a lot of superstars, but we’ve got a great group of talented young men that we feel good about.”
Last season, the Wildcats won their third consecutive state championship, and fourth straight South Division title, finishing 12-5-1 overall.
POPLARVILLE --- The Pearl River Community College Soccer Camp for high school boys is set for June 25-27 (Thursday through Saturday) here on the PRCC campus.
Wildcat head coach Paul Martin, who guided his squad to a three-straight MACJC-Region 23 championship this past fall, said and impressive staff of coaches from William Carey University and Spring Hill College, as well as other professionally licensed personnel will be on hand to work with players to advance their basic ball skills.