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ACCS soccer needs to defeat Cathedral High

NATCHEZ — Adams County Christian School Rebels boys soccer will try and win their last match of the season today against Cathedral Green Wave with the region title up for grabs.

In the MAIS, there are three Divisions. Cathedral, ACCS, Oak Forest Academy and Brookhaven Academy are in Division II. Within Div. II, there are four regions: North, South, West and Central. Cathedral, ACCS, Oak Forest Academy and Brookhaven Academy are all part of the South region.

In the South region, ACCS Rebels are the No. 2 team while Oak Forest Academy Yellow Jackets are the No. 1 team.

The top two teams in the region will move on to the Midsouth Association of Independent Schools playoffs.

What’s at stake in today’s match against Cathedral and ACCS is if ACCS will host or be on the road in the first round of the MAIS playoffs on Feb. 17.

Cathedral is in the bottom half of the South region and will not make the playoffs this season.

If the Rebels pull off a win against the Green Wave, then the Rebels will win the South Region, be the No. 1 team and host the first round of the MAIS playoffs against Park Place Christian Academy (No. 2 seed in the Central Region).

If ACCS does not win, then the Rebels will finish as the No. 2 seed and will travel to Heartfield Academy on Feb. 17.

Cathedral and ACCS have squared off twice in the season. The first time was at the ACCS tournament on Dec. 7. The Rebels pulled off a 1-0 victory. The second time came on Jan. 16 where the Rebels came away with a 3-0 victory over the Green Wave.

Jimmy Allgood, ACCS head soccer coach, said it’s always a great friendly rivalry between ACCS and Cathedral.

“They’re a very well disciplined team and they control the ball well,” Allgood said. “ Our guys have adjusted to that since we have played against the stronger teams, being Jackson Preparatory and Jackson Academy.”

One of the main things to watch in this match is the ability for Cathedral and ACCS to play their type of offense. Due to the rain this week, both ACCS and Cathedral were forced to play inside or focus on film.

On Wednesday, ACCS practiced on the hardwood floor of the basketball court. In practice, the Rebels played indoor soccer with no goalie. Allgood said the Rebels focused on quick offense and defending the goal.

One of the Rebels to watch in the match is Nolan Owens.

In the second match against Cathedral on Jan. 16, Owens scored a goal in the second half of the match. With the amount of pressure placed on today’s last match of the regular season, Owens said the pressure does not faze him.

“I have never been the one who will crack under pressure,” Owens said. “I feel like pressure helps me and gives me motivation to win.”

For Cathedral, the Green Wave watched the film of the first match against ACCS during practices this week, said Dennis Hogue, Cathedral head soccer coach.

During halftime of the match today, Alex Dale and Dow Hairston will be honored for the Cathedral’s Senior Night. Hairston also scored a goal in against Porter’s Chapel on Jan. 28 where Cathedral won 8-1.

Dale is one of the players to watch for the Green Wave. He scored his first career goal on a penalty kick against Porter’s Chapel. Hogue said he is excited to watch both the Green Wave seniors play in their final match.

“Dale is Mr. Dependable for the team,” Hogue said. “He doesn’t miss practice, doesn’t give anybody any grieve and doesn’t make any excuses.”

Today’s match starts at 5:30 p.m. at D’Evereux Stadium at Cathedral High School.