Prep soccer roundups: Franklin Co. gets first losses

Published 12:02am Tuesday, January 21, 2014

FLORENCE — Both of Franklin County’s varsity soccer teams had their first taste of defeat Monday on the road against Class 4A powerhouse Florence.

The Florence Lady Eagles defeated the Lady Bulldogs 4-0, and then the Eagles took a 4-0 win over the Bulldogs.

In the varsity girls’ game, Lady Bulldogs goalkeeper Macy Zisken had seven saves. In the varsity boys’ game, Bulldogs goalkeeper Nate Verdin tallied six saves. But it wasn’t enough as neither team had many scoring opportunities.

Franklin County head coach Jeff Long called these games a “wake-up call” for his teams. The losses also ended what had been undefeated seasons for both the Lady Bulldogs and the Bulldogs.

“Their girls won the (MHSAA Class) 4A state championship last year,” Long said. “Their boys lost the 4A state championship game. They’re very good. They are by far the best teams we’ve played. We needed this because we haven’t played (that kind of) competition at all this year. This is about the level of competition we’ll face in the playoffs.”

Both the Lady Bulldogs (17-1) and the Bulldogs (17-1) will have a chance to go undefeated in Region 6-1A/2A/3A today at Crystal Springs. The varsity girls’ game begins at 5:30 p.m. with the varsity boys’ game to follow at 7 p.m.

ACCS boys 1, River Oaks 1

MONROE, La. — Justin Allgood scored the only goal for Adams County Christian School at the 68th minute as the Rebels and the River Oaks School Mustangs played to a 1-1 tie Monday morning.

“A few key players were out (Monday). That allowed several of the younger guys to step up and play. They did a fantastic job,” Rebels head coach Jimmy Allgood said. “Overall, I’m very proud of the guys today.”

Allgood scored on a free kick outside the box that tied the score at 1-1. After a scoreless first half, River Oaks scored on a penalty kick on a handball in the box at the 52nd minute.

Junior Parker Rymer said the younger players stepped up and played aggressively Monday.

“Overall, we had several attempts on goal from corners. They just weren’t finding the back of the net today,” he said.

ACCS (11-3) next plays at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Chamberlain-Hunt Academy.

Cathedral at Loyd Star postponed

NATCHEZ — Cathedral School’s varsity soccer games against MHSAA Region 6-1A/2A/3A opponent Loyd Star at Brookhaven that were originally scheduled Monday have been postponed because of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

The games will now take place today with the varsity girls’ game starting at 5:30 p.m., followed by the varsity boys’ game at 7 p.m.

Those games will now be the regular-season finales for the Lady Green Wave and Green Wave. That’s because their home games against McComb that were scheduled for today have been canceled due to McComb having to play a Region 6-4A game, Green Wave head coach Dennis Hogue said.