Prep soccer round up: Green Wave falls to Brookhaven Academy

Published 12:06 am Friday, January 18, 2019

NATCHEZ — For the most part, Cathedral High School’s varsity boys’ soccer team had control of its match Thursday night against Brookhaven Academy in MAIS Division III South, District 4 action at D’Evereux Stadium.

Except where it counts the most – on the scoreboard. Brookhaven Academy scored two goals in the first half after falling behind and added another goal in the second half to take a 3-1 win over the Green Wave.

Kennedy Williams gave Cathedral a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute of the first half. However, the Cougars would not let that lead last very long as they tied it up in the 22nd minute and scored again just before halftime for a 2-1 lead.

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“We dominated as far as passing and ball control. But when they had the opportunities, they made the most of it,” Green Wave head coach Dennis Hogue said. “We were behind so we came out in the second half with a little more speed and heart.”

Yet despite that as well as good passing and better communication, the Green Wave still could not put the ball in the net in the second half.

As for how Brookhaven Academy scored its third goal of the match, Hogue said, “A little bit of miscommunication on defense. We were scrambling to get back. As we all hustled to the ball, he chipped it to the open guy and he headed it into the net. Frustrating.”

Donovan Dear had another stellar performance at goalkeeper with 15 saves for the Green Wave.

Cathedral (3-6, 3-2) next plays on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 5 p.m. at Porter’s Chapel Academy.

Parklane Academy 3, ACCS 2

MCCOMB — Parklane Academy scored two goals late in the second half to rally for a 3-2 win over the Adams County Christian School Rebels Thursday afternoon.

Samuel Merriett gave ACCS a 2-1 lead on a goal with an assist from Landon Krueger in the 49th minute of the second half. But Parklane responded, scoring the game-tying goal in the 63rd minute and the game-winner in the 79th minute.

“Late in the match, we were tied 2-2 and a miscue by one of the defenders allowed Parklane to go up 3-2,” Rebels head coach Jimmy Allgood said. “Very well-played aggressive game. Anyone could have won that game. 2-2 down to the wire.”

Parklane, an MAIS Class AAAA school that plays in Division I in soccer, took a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute of the first half. ACCS tied the match at 1-1 on a goal by Nolan Owens in the 25th minute of the opening half with an assist by Yohan Thompson.

“I’m proud of my guys for the way they played against a 4A powerhouse in Parklane,” Allgood said. “Very proud of the passing, trapping, and shooting. We had over 20 shots on goal.”

Jason Wesberry, playing goalkeeper for the Rebels for the second straight match in as many days, had 16 saves.

The loss was the second straight for ACCS’s varsity boys’ team after the Rebels lost a heartbreaker on the road in overtime to the River Oaks School Mustangs 2-1 Wednesday afternoon. Tripp Cotten scored the lone goal for the Rebels in the 33rd minute of the first half. Wesberry finished with 14 saves.

ACCS (6-4) will try to host its tournament Saturday starting at 9 a.m. But just like on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, when it was originally scheduled to take place before being postponed due to inclement weather, the same thing could very likely happen again with rain and thunderstorms in the forecast ahead of a strong cold front moving through the area Saturday morning.

In Thursday night’s junior varsity boys’ match, ACCS overcame a 3-0 halftime deficit to stun Parklane 4-3 in overtime. Braxton Harveston started the rally with a goal in the 40th minute of the second half. Merriett scored two goals, the first in the 49th minute and the second in the 59th minute with an assist by Brody Watts. Landon Nunez capped off the amazing comeback with the game-winner in the extra session.

“The JV bunch, being down 3-0 at halftime and to come back and win, I’m very proud of them,” Allgood said.