At a Glance: MHSAA Soccer State Championships

BOYS

CLASS 6A

Northwest Rankin vs. Gulfport

Game time: 6 p.m.

Where: Ridgeland

Cougars at a Glance

Coach: Chris Gardner

Record: 20-2-3

How they got here: def. DeSoto Central 8-0; def. Tupelo 4-1; def. Madison Central 2-1

State Championships: 2017, 2008, 2003, 2000

Players to Watch: MFSantiago Diosa; MF Gavin Gaudin; MF Andrew Craig; GK Michael Hardy; F Bryce Bowling

Coach Speak: “Gulfport is a really good team. They are the defending champs and won’t be phased by the big stage. We will have to play our best to have a chance,” Northwest Rankin coach Chris Gardner said.

Admirals at a Glance

Coach: Henrik Madsen

Record: 18-2-4

How they got here: def. Pearl 5-1; def. Oak Grove 4-3 (OT); def. Ocean Springs 3-1

State Championships: 2018, 2010

Players to Watch: K Gannon Key; D Gavin Taylor; D Ashton Leblanc; MF Lucas Ragula; F Mohamed Diallo; D Teddy Madsen

Coach Speak: “Looking forward to a great matchup with a very talented and tough Northwest Rankin team,” Gulfport coach Henrik Madsen said.

CLASS 5A

Lewisburg vs. Long Beach

Game time: 6 p.m.

Where: Brandon

Patriots at a Glance

Coach: Harl Roehm

Record: 17-1-1

How they got here: def. Neshoba Central 7-1; def. Grenada 3-2; def. Germantown 2-1 (OT)

State Championships: None

Players to Watch: MF Peyton Coker; MF Jake Heinze; F Ben Mullins; F Ty Greer; F/MF Aaron Cook

Coach Speak: “Long Beach is a talented, technical squad who plays with great intensity and knows the pressure of playing at this level. Me and Coach Wilburn coached together at Horn Lake so it’ll be great to be on the pitch with him again,” said Lewisburg coach Harl Roehm.

Bearcats at a Glance

Coach: Andee Blaine Wilburn

Record: 13-4-2

How they got here: def. Natchez 7-0; def. West Jones 2-1; def. West Harrison 5-3 (OT)

State Championships: None

Players to Watch: D Danny Nguyen; D Carson Favre; MF Rhybert McNab; MF Kai VanCourt; D Stanley Trzaska; MF Chase Dedeaux; MF Connor Clarke

Coach Speak: “Lewisburg has a great group of guys that have been playing together for a while. They will be well coached and come prepared,” said Long Beach coach Andee Blaine Wilburn.

CLASS 4A

West Lauderdale vs. Richland

Game time: 2 p.m.

Where: Ridgeland

Knights at a Glance

Coach: Matt Castleberry

Record: 21-6-2

How they got here: def. Senatobia 3-0; def. Pontotoc 2-1; def. New Albany 2-0

State Championships: 2000

Players to Watch: F Cameron McClinton; MF Brooks Hull; MF Jack Green; CB Tyler Lank; GK Ivan Betancourt

Coach Speak: “Richland is a very good team. They are well coached and have improved through the year and have several special players that you have to pay attention to,” said West Lauderdale coach Matt Castleberry.

Rangers at a Glance

Coach: John Adams

Record: 10-7-4

How they got here: def. Bay High 3-2 (OT); def. Poplarville 2-1; def. St. Stanislaus 2-1 (OT)

State Championships: None

Players to Watch: MF/F Greg Anderson; MF/F D.J. McElroy; MF/F Billy Guevara; MF Benji Hernandez; MF Jacob Young; GK Lane Mims

Coach Speak: “We played them earlier this year, they were fast, physical, and well coached. We’ve got a lot of respect for them. It’s going to be a great match to see,” said Richland coach John Adams.

CLASS 1A/2A/3A

St. Andrew’s vs. Sacred Heart

Game time: 2 p.m.

Where: Brandon

Saints at a Glance

Coach: Simon Barinas

Record: 15-5-2

How they got here: def. Vardaman 4-1; def. Strayhorn 9-0; def. Madison St. Joe 2-1

State Championships: 2007, 2006

Coach Speak: “Sacred Heart is a very good team that will have loads of experience since they were in the state championship game last year. It’s a great accomplishment to get back to this game and looking forward to a great challenge,” said St. Andrew’s coach Simon Barinas.

Crusaders at a Glance

Coach: Joe Falla, Jr.

Record: 13-4-2

How they got here: def. Crystal Springs 6-0; def. Franklin County 1-0; def. St. Patrick 1-0

State Championships: 2013, 2012

Players to Watch: GK Jacob Painter; D Sam Magee; D Garrett Bell; MF Heath Hogan; MF Bennett Gibson; F Miller Hayden; F Gabe Naquin

Coach Speak: “St. Andrew’s will be a very well coached and will have all key components to be successful on Saturday. It should be a great game,” said Sacred Heart coach Joe Falla, Jr.

GIRLS

CLASS 6A

Madison Central vs. Ocean Springs

Game time: 4 p.m.

Where: Ridgeland

Lady Jaguars at a Glance

Coach: Cecil Hinds

Record: 17-3-2

How they got here: def. Southaven 3-0; def. Tupelo 3-1 (OT); def. Northwest Rankin 1-0

State Championships: 2000, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016

Players to Watch: D Caroline Parker; D Elaysha Travis; MF Jami Ahlrich; F Victoria Klauser; MF Sara Martin Meyers; MF Cara Dale Palmer

Coach Speak: “A lot of respect for Coach Scott and the Lady Greyhounds. I anticipate the state championship to be keenly contested between two highly competitive teams,” said Madison Central coach Cecil Hinds.

Lady Greyhounds at a Glance

Coach: Neil Scott

Record: 16-3-3

How they got here: def. George County 2-0 (OT); def. Brandon 2-1 (OT); def. Gulfport 1-0

State Championships: 2013

Players to Watch: F Kinsley Harmon; MF Jackie Dilorenzo; D Kaylee Foster; MF Mallory Bellon

Coach Speak: “This should be a great championship game. Madison Central is a well-rounded team with top level players. Over the last few years they’ve proven to be the most consistent successful team in the state and we’re looking forward to the challenge. Our mix of youth and experience, plus size and speed, should match up well with them,” said Ocean Springs coach Neil Scott.

CLASS 5A

Lafayette vs. Long Beach

Game time: 4 p.m.

Where: Brandon

Lady Commodores at a Glance

Coach: Melinda Scruggs

Record: 23-2

How they got here: def. Ridgeland 3-0; def. Center Hill 5-0; def. Lewisburg 1-0

State Championships: 2015

Players to Watch: F Julia Perkins; F/MF Lucy Wilson; F/MF Katt Moss; F/MF Katelin Johnson; GK Caitlyn Rhea

Coach Speak: “Long Beach has great size and good speed and they do a good job of keeping possession and keeping composed. It should be a great game,” said Lafayette coach Melinda Scruggs.

Lady Bearcats at a Glance

Coach: Haley Hammons

Record: 15-6-2

How they got here: def. Forest Hill 9-0; def. South Jones 1-0; def. West Jones 3-0

State Championships: None

Players to Watch: CB Lauren Bennet; MF Susie Stevison; MF Sydney Spataro; F Nathalie Salvador; F Julia Geertsema; CB Alexa Beets

Coach Speak: “Lafayette is a very talented team who we will have to work hard to beat,” said Long Beach coach Haley Hammons.

CLASS 4A

West Lauderdale vs. Florence

Game time: Noon

Where: Ridgeland

Lady Knights at a Glance

Coach: Alex George

Record: 22-0-3

How they got here: def. Senatobia 12-0; def. Amory 8-0; def. Mooreville 10-0

State Championships: 2017, 2016

Players to Watch: F Ember Temple; MF Caroline Green; F Alice Williamson; F Bailee Fairley; F Jada Smith; MF Anna Claire Nance

Coach Speak: “We have a lot of respect for Florence. We will have to execute well and stay focused. It should be a great matchup,” said West Lauderdale coach Alex George.

Lady Eagles at a Glance

Coach: Bill Hood

Record: 17-2-5

How they got here: def. Pass Christian 4-0; def. Vancleave 1-0; def. Bay High 7-0

State Championships: 2018, 2013, 2012, 2000

Players to Watch: F Hannah Herren; F Shaelynn Quick; MF/D Maddie Cox; CB Kaitlyn Hubbard; MF Jordan Patrick

Coach Speak: “We knew West Lauderdale would be here with another strong team. They have talent all over the field, which makes it another great final, just like last year. Our focus is on us and how we can give our best performance,” said Florence coach Bill Hood.

CLASS 1A/2A/3A

St. Andrew’s vs. Sacred Heart

Game time: 2 p.m.

Where: Brandon

Lady Saints at a Glance

Coach: Will Monsour

Record: 18-4-2

How they got here: def. Nettleton 8-0; def. Strayhorn 10-0; def. Choctaw Central 7-0

State Championships: 2009, 2008

Coach Speak: “We are fortunate to have impactful players throughout our starting lineup. Sacred Heart girls program has always been successful with great coaches. Looking forward to the challenge and playing a competitive team,” said St. Andrew’s coach Will Monsour.

Crusaders at a Glance

Coach: Joe Falla

Record: 14-5

How they got here: def. Magee 11-0; def. Clarkdale 3-0; def. St. Patrick 5-1

State Championships: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013

Players to Watch: D Shea Rutland; D Alley Bilbo; MF Blair Viator; MF Olivia Ware; MF Gabby Falla; F Gracie Falla

Coach Speak: “St. Andrew’s is a very well coached and well disciplined. I look forward to playing them on Saturday,” said Sacred Heart coach Joe Falla.