Late goal powers Pearl River past Copiah-Lincoln
Published 8:25 am Wednesday, September 22, 2021
After falling behind in the first half, the Pearl River women’s soccer team bagged a late goal Tuesday to knock off Copiah-Lincoln, 2-1.
“It’s tough to play at their field and Co-Lin was organized too,” coach Henrik Madsen said. “We really struggled with the game in the first half and gave up a soft goal because of a mistake. Credit to Co-Lin they played it right. We changed our whole formation and philosophy coming out of the second half. We put three strikers up top and two attacking mids in behind them.
“We moved the game up to their half and challenged their back line and that paid off for us.”
Copiah Lincoln (1-5 overall; 1-3 MACCC South) was in control for most of the first half with Pearl River (3-3-1; 2-1-1) only developing a few attacks.
The Wolves put pressure on the Wildcat defense throughout the beginning of the first half before finding their way onto the scoresheet in the 23rd minute.
The score was enough for Copiah-Lincoln to enter the break on top, 1-0.
Out of the half, the Wildcats made tactical changes that helped them claw their way back into the game eventually evening the score in the 53rd minute.
Sydney Salter (Vancleave) battled with a CLCC defender before playing a through ball to Aubried Edwards (Biloxi) who was just outside of the box. The PRCC forward dashed toward goal and laced a shot past the keeper at the far post making the score 1-1.
Neither team seemed as if they were going to be able to break through until Pearl River struck again in the 74th minute, taking a 2-1 lead in the process.
Lucy Conway (Portsmouth, England) lofted a ball into the center of the box, and Salter connected with a header, sending the ball into the net and earning her first Pearl River goal.
“That was a good goal,” Madsen said. “It was nice to see that. Lucy played a nice ball into the top and Sydney send it in after. Sydney really made a difference tonight in the second half.”
The late goal allowed the Wildcats to claim the match 2-1.
The Wildcats return to the pitch on Friday as archrival Gulf Coast makes their way to the PRCC Soccer Complex. The match is set to begin at 5 p.m. and will be livestreamed at PRCCMedia.com/gold.
Single-match tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at PRCCAthletics.com/tickets. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets ahead of time to avoid lines.