At a Glance: MHSAA Soccer State Championships

At a Glance: MHSAA Soccer State Championships

 

Admission: $10

Livestream: misshsaa.tv

 

  • South teams are the home team on scoreboard

 

BOYS

 

CLASS 6A

 

Madison Central vs. Ocean Springs

 

Site: Ridgeland

Time: 6 p.m.

 

Jaguars at a Glance

Coach: Cecil Hinds

Record: 20-0-2

How they got here: def. Germantown 2-1; def. Oxford 3-1; def. Tupelo 2-0.

State Championships: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.

State Championship Appearances: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018.

Players to Watch: Garrett Wise (Jones College signee); Gage Gourley; Fabien Barker (MS Gulf Coast CC signee); Jackson Travis; Noah Hinkle

Coach Speak: “I’m very excited and blessed that these young men and this program have the opportunity to compete for a state championship. It has been our goal from day one and Saturday we will have the opportunity to make it a reality,” Hinds said.

 

Greyhounds at a Glance

Coach: Jeff French

Record: 17-4-2

How they got here: def. Harrison Central 4-0; def. Brandon 2-1 (OT); def. Northwest Rankin 2-1.

State Championships: 2011.

State Championship Appearances: 2008, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017.

Players to Watch: K.J. Mack; Jackson Rester; Aiden Knight; Caleb Self (Holmes CC commit); Moses Brandenburg (Meridian CC commit); Gabe Evans (Meridian CC commit).

Coach Speak: “After being knocked out of the playoffs the last 2 years the boys have been working extremely hard and maintained their focus on getting back, and here we are. Im expecting a fantastic game with some attacking flair and hoping that we find a way to win our 2nd championship in school history. Madison Central is a quality opponent, I feel comfortable saying that even though we haven’t played them this year because Cecil always has those boys prepared and playing at a high level. Really looking forward to a match between the two teams that will be the fifth time to meet in the final in the last eight years,” French said.

 

CLASS 5A

 

Center Hill vs. Long Beach

 

Site: Brandon

Time: 6 p.m.

 

Mustangs at a Glance

Coach: Andrew Yeoman

Record: 15-1

How they got here: def. Grenada 6-0; def. Canton 7-0; def. Ridgeland 3-2.

State Championships: None.

State Championship Appearances: First Appearance.

Players to Watch: Ashton Taylor (Gulf Coast CC signee); Hart Smith (Itawamba CC signee); Diego Valenzuela (Itawamba CC signee); Ivan Gonzalez; Brayden Bowden; Christian Holman; Braden Taylor.

Coach Speak: “We are extremely excited to have a chance to represent our school and city of Olive Branch down in Jackson Saturday night. Long Beach is an unbelievable program that has made their 3rd straight state championship appearance. We anticipate an extremely competitive and well coached squad that will make us earn anything we get,” Yeoman said.

 

Bearcats at a Glance

Coach: Andee Blaine Wilburn

Record: 14-2-3

How they got here: def. Pascagoula 1-0; def. West Jones 1-0; def. Laurel 2-0.

State Championships: None.

State Championship Appearances: 2018, 2019.

Players to Watch: Joshua Bonds; Noah Shockley; Stanley Trzaska; Simon Nguyen.

Coach Speak: “Should be a good match. Center Hill has a very good team and coaches. Our team is proud and excited to have a return trip to state,” Wilburn said.

 

CLASS 4A

 

Newton County vs. St. Stanislaus

 

Site: Brandon

Time: 2 p.m.

 

Cougars at a Glance

Coach: Will Thompson

Record: 23-1

How they got here: def. Raymond 7-0; def. New Albany 3-0; def. Ripley 3-2.

State Championships: None.

State Championship Appearances: First appearance

Players to Watch: Gustavo Silva; Davi Roldan; Lee Hill; Graham Lewis; Griffin Bailey.

Coach Speak: “We are excited about the game this Saturday. St. Stanislaus is a very good team. They’ve got a good defense… we’ve got a good offense. Our team thrives on scoring goals. It should be a fun game to watch for fans on both sides,” Thompson said.

 

Rock-a-chaws at a Glance

Coach: Zach Villarubia

Record: 17-5-1

How they got here: def. Poplarville 7-1; def. Richland 2-1 (OT); def. Florence 3-1.

State Championships: 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010, 2004, 2003, 1997, 1996.

State Championship Appearances: 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010, 2009, 2004, 2003, 1997, 1996.

Players to Watch: Brandon Elkins (Pearl River CC signee); Christian Bourgeois; Jackson Thriffley; Gene Hoffman; Grant Sides.

Coach Speak: “The goal from the beginning of the year was to get to the state championship. The team has continued to work hard throughout the year to prepare for this moment. We have a fairly young team but our seniors have been in this situation before and have worked hard to prepare the younger players for these big games. We look forward to a good game against a very good Newton County team. They have some very skillful players and they score a lot of goals. The challenge will be stifling the speed of their attack. If we can do this, I believe that we can be successful,” Villrubia said.

 

CLASS 1A/2A/3A

 

St. Andrew’s vs. Sacred Heart

 

Site: Ridgeland

Time: 2 p.m.

 

 

Saints at a Glance

Coach: Simon Barinas

Record: 16-7

How they got here: def. Riverside 8-1; def. Tupelo Christian 6-0; def. Madison St. Joe 2-1.

State Championships: 2007, 2006.

State Championship Appearances: 2019, 2007, 2006.

Players to Watch: John Mychal Warren; Caleb Young; Hudson Bataille; Jackson Bataille.

Coach Speak: “First off I couldn’t ask for a better group of young men. My boys are excited about earning a spot to take a swing at the title for the second year in a row, this is a special group that I have, these boys have gone through a lot in the past few years, and it has just created a family that everyone works for everyone, and all the different individual success is cherished by everyone on the team. There is zero selfishness in this group. After losing last year in the state championship to a very good Sacred Heart team, we have had only one goal in mind to get back to this game, and end up lifting the golden ball this year. I am very confident in the team I have, and the depth of our bench if I need to go to it, I know Sacred Heart will be tough opponent once again, I’m expecting a fantastic game, it should the one to watch this weekend,” Barinas said.

 

Crusaders at a Glance

Coach: Joe Falla, Jr.

Record: 14-2-3

How they got here: def. West Lincoln 8-2; def. Forest 5-0; def. Clarkdale 2-1 (OT).

State Championships: 2019, 2013, 2012.

State Championship Appearances: 2019, 2018, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010.

Players to Watch: Heath Flathau (UAB signee); Heath Hogan (Jones College signee); Bennett Gibson (Jones College signee); Jakob Painter (Copiah-Lincoln CC signee); Garrett Bell.

Coach Speak: “We are happy to be back in the state championship game.  We have prepared all year for this opportunity. This game will be a great one for everyone involved. I know my boys are ready and motivated and I’m sure St Andrews is as well,” Falla, Jr. said.

 

GIRLS

 

CLASS 6A

 

Clinton vs. Gulfport

 

Site: Ridgeland

Time: 4 p.m.

 

Lady Arrows at a Glance

Coach: Thomas Bobo

Record: 17-2-2

How they got here: def. Starkville 1-0; def. Oxford 4-3 (OT); def. Tupelo 2-0.

State Championships: 1997.

State Championship Appearances: 2003, 1997, 1996.

Players to Watch: Kaci Craft (Holmes CC signee); Jada Jelks; Acacia Rodriguez (Jones College signee); Tailynn Remmel; Camille Bohannon; Jakiya Michael.

Coach Speak: “We are excited about the challenge ahead and getting Clinton back to the finals.  Gulfport has a very good team that is well coached.  I expect it to be a great game.  Chris Pryor is a good friend and I’m excited about competing against and sharing this moment with him,” Bobo said.

 

Lady Admirals at a Glance

Coach: Chris Pryor

Record: 20-0-4

How they got here: def. Biloxi 3-0; def. George County 1-0; def. Brandon 1-0.

State Championships: 2008.

State Championship Appearances: 2009, 2008, 2004.

Players to Watch: Bailey Smith (Pearl River CC signee); Kayley Holloway (Jones College signee); Lauren Carothers; Kate Smith; Laney Owen.

Coach Speak: “Making it back to the championship game in 6A has been tough with a loaded South. We’ve worked hard to earn a shot at a state title. Coach Bobo is a good friend of mine who I’ve known for a long time. He is a great tactician and a revered leader and mentor for his girls and community. It’s going to be an intense chess game for the 6A girls title for sure,” Pryor said.

 

CLASS 5A

 

Lafayette vs. East Central

 

Site: Brandon

Time: 4 p.m.

 

Lady Commodores at a Glance

Coach: Melinda Scruggs

Record: 20-4-1

How they got here: def. Grenada 3-0; def. Ridgeland 2-0; def. Saltillo 4-2 (OT).

State Championships: 2019, 2015.

State Championship Appearances: 2019, 2016, 2015.

Players to Watch: Hudson Lindsay; Avery Treloar; Anna Kate Trost (Itawamba CC commit); Julia Perkins; Katelin Johnson; Caitlyn Rhea.

Coach Speak: “I couldn’t be happier for this group of girls. They have worked hard this year to get back to the state championship. We have played some tough opponents this year to challenge us and make us stronger. This team has become family and I hope they play their hearts out Saturday and win or lose they leave it all on the field.  I do not know very much about East Central, but any team who advances to the state championship is going to be very talented. I pray for a great game Saturday and win or lose I am very proud of this team,” Scruggs said.

 

Lady Hornets at a Glance

Coach: Amy Richards
Record: 15-2-3

How they got here: def. Hattiesburg 5-2; def. South Jones 2-1; def. Long Beach 1-0.

State Championships: None.

State Championship Appearances: 2007.

Players to Watch: Katie Havard (Pearl River CC signee); Becca Havens; Ella Golson; Alexis Cochran; Jenna Poole; Bayleigh Jones; Victoria Mosley.

Coach Speak: “We are extremely blessed to be playing for the 5-A State Championship. Our team has worked hard and exemplified effort and attitude as well as mental toughness over this past season. We respect Lafayette as last years state champions and know that we have to stay focused and create opportunities to put the ball in the back of the net to be successful,” Richards said.

 

CLASS 4A

 

West Lauderdale vs. Florence

 

Site: Brandon

Time: Noon

 

Lady Knight at a Glance

Coach: Alex George

Record: 22-1-3

How they got here: def. Raymond 11-0; def. Mooreville 4-1; def. Newton County 4-0.

State Championships: 2019, 2017, 2016.

State Championship Appearances: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2004.

Players to Watch: Lucy Green (Ole Miss signee); Alice Williamson; Anna Claire Nance (Mississippi College signee); Mia Aviles (Holmes CC signee); Kathryn Knuth (William Carey signee); Railey Mayatt.

Coach Speak: “We’re very excited to represent West Lauderdale in the 4A Girls State Championship. Our team has worked hard and sacrificed a lot to get here. We’re playing a really good team that’s well coached so we’re going to have to be very focused on our job. These games can be won or lost by one mistake so on the one hand we have to be cautious but also ready to capitalize on opportunities,” George said.

 

Lady Eagles at a Glance

Coach: Bill Hood

Record: 18-3-4

How they got here: def. McComb 9-0; def. Pass Christian 1-0 (OT); def. Vancleave 2-0.

State Championships: 2018, 2013, 2012, 2000.

State Championship Appearances: 2019, 2018, 2013, 2012, 2000.

Players to Watch:  Jordan Patrick (Holmes CC signee); Kaitlin Hubbard (Hinds CC signee); Taylor Ford (Hinds CC signee); Allyson Goza (Jones College signee); Shaelynn Quick; Christina Guzman.

Coach Speak: “For the third year in a row the two best teams in 4A will play for the title. These two teams have been in the top of Mississippi high school soccer across the state for years. This will be another massive game. There will be quality all over the field on both teams. Good luck to West Lauderdale, but not too much,” Hood said.

 

CLASS 1A/2A/3A

 

St. Andrew’s vs. Sacred Heart

 

Site: Ridgeland

Time: Noon

 

 

Lady Saints at a Glance

Coach: Will Monsour

Record: 22-1

How they got here: def. Riverside 9-0; def. Amory 8-1; def. Madison St. Joe 3-1.

State Championships: 2009, 2008.

State Championship Appearances: 2019, 2018, 2009, 2008, 2007.

Players to Watch: Phoebe Xu; Samantha Smith; Madeliene Halford: Kira Leflore; Kate Rodenmeyer; Sarah Sullivan.

Coach Speak: “Playing Sacred Heart for the State Title is a game and an opponent we know all too well. Very well coached with some very talented players. I am sure that it will be a well contested and hard fought battle until the end,” Monsour said.

 

Lady Crusaders at a Glance

Coach: Joe Falla, Sr.

Record: 13-7

How they got here: def. Franklin County 4-0; def. Clarkdale 3-2; def. OLA 2-1 (OT).

State Championships: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013.

State Championship Appearances: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013.

Players to Watch: Gabby Falla (East Central CC commit); Jasmine Gibbs (Northern Colorado commit); Gracie Falla; Lauren Jones; Olivia Ware; Jill Hall.

Coach Speak: “Always an honor to play the State Championship after all the hard work of the season. Sr. Andrews is a very technical and well coached team. I look forward to a great game,” Falla, Sr. said.