|EMCC men's soccer team claims 3-1 win at Pearl River|
POPLARVILLE – The East Mississippi men’s soccer team claimed its second win in a week by posting a 3-1 road triumph over Pearl River Monday evening in Poplarville.
Head coach Junior Noel’s 5-7 Lions had previously snapped a six-match losing skid with a 5-0 home victory over Rust College last Wednesday in Scooba. With the recent pair of wins, the EMCC men have now posted the most victories in a season since the 2001 East Mississippi squad recorded a 7-6-1 mark.
Looking to avenge last month’s 7-2 home loss to Pearl River, the Lions tallied two unanswered second-half goals to break a 1-1 halftime deadlock Monday night in Poplarville. Freshman Seth Wood of Caledonia evened the contest in the 44th minute on an assist by Starkville’s Josh Shields. Freshman Eduardo Fumo of Starkville broke the stalemate with his fifth goal of the year coming in the 60th minute on an assist by Justin Knight of Quitman. Sophomore Leonardo Reyes iced the contest for the Lions with his state-leading 13th goal of the season on a feed from Caledonia’s Tyler Pounders during the 83rd minute of play.
A native of Arima, Trinidad, Reyes is tied for 14th nationally with an MACJC-leading 31 points on the season. In addition to his 13 tallies, the second-year standout has also assisted on five other EMCC goals this year.
Playing without injured all-region sophomore Nikeisha Noel, who sustained a high ankle sprain during the first half of Saturday’s match at Jones County, the 2-7-1 Lady Lions dropped their seventh straight decision with a 4-0 setback at Pearl River Monday evening.
The East Mississippi soccer teams resume MACJC North Division competition Friday at Hinds. With home divisional matches set for next week in Scooba against Northwest Mississippi (Oct. 14) and Itawamba (Oct. 16), both EMCC clubs are in search of their first divisional victories of the 2009 campaign.
|Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 October 2009 )|
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