Pearl River Community College showed its mettle when it mattered most Tuesday night against Southwest Mississippi.
Freshman Joe Elliot (Leicester, England) scored from 50 yards away with less than five minutes to play in regulation to give the Wildcats a dramatic 2-1 victory in the South Division contest at the PRCC Sports Complex.
PRCC (4-1 overall, 2-1 division) moved into sole possession of second place in the South with the victory. Southwest (5-2, 1-2) lost its second straight game after a 5-0 start.
Pearl River won despite a significant disadvantage in shots. The Bears took 28 shots, 11 on goal, while the Wildcats had 16 shots, just six on goal. But redshirt freshman goalkeeper Kobe Lie (Hattiesburg) stopped all but one of the Bears’ shots, registering 10 saves.
The Wildcats got on the board first, at 9:56, when freshman Jevaunn Ennis (Maypen, Jamaica) took a pass from freshman Bo Bowman (Bay St. Louis) in stride and buried the shot past Bears’ keeper Conner Smothers.
Southwest tied it up at the 30:42 mark on a goal by Connor Smith, and it stayed tied until the 85:24 mark in the second half.
Elliot took a free kick a few steps inside the center line against the right sideline and sent an arcing missile toward the goal that caromed off Smothers’ hands and into the net for the game-winner.
PRCC will travel to Ellisville Friday to face Jones County in a key division clash. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
PRCC SOCCER SUMMARY
Tuesday at Poplarville
Pearl River 2, Southwest 1
SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI (5-2, 1-2 in South): 1. Connor Smith (Patrick Larsen), 30:42. GK – Conner Smothers 4 saves. RC – None. YC – Vicente Tellols, 60:57; Nate Bond, 85:16; Maximiliano Gigli, 87:48.
PEARL RIVER (4-1, 2-1 in South): 1. Jevaunn Ennis (Bo Bowman), 9:56; Joe Elliot (unassisted), 85:24. GK – Kobe Lie 10 saves. RC – None. YC – Kyle Estess, 31:19; Jackson Turner, 55:33; Bo Bowman, 75:54.
(Photo by Brett Russ/PRCC Sports Information)
Pearl River freshman Joe Elliot (17) is mobbed by teammates after scoring what proved to be the winning goal against Southwest Mississippi Tuesday night at Poplarville.