Three members of the East Central Community College women’s soccer team were named to the MACJC All-State team following the squad’s successful 2014 campaign.Honorees include Ashlan Culberson, a sophomore forward from Brandon; Alana Walker, a freshman goalkeeper from Pascagoula; and Allie Turner, a freshman midfielder from Horn Lake. Culberson was also selected on the MACJC All-Star North Division squad.
“I am very pleased that we were able to place three players on the All-State Team,” said second-year head coach Gray Massey. “These three ladies as well as the rest of the team have helped lay a foundation that is going to take this program to unprecedented success.”
The Lady Soccer Warriors recently completed their most successful season since the program’s inception in 2005.
The talented squad posted a 12-3-2 overall mark during regular season action and qualified for post-season play by finishing second at 5-1-2 in the MACJC North Division. EC fell to Pearl River in the playoffs and finished 12-4-2.
East Central Community College’s Tyler Cook scored the deciding goal in helping lead the North All-Stars to a 2-1 victory over the South in the annual MACJC Men’s All-Star Soccer Game held Saturday, Nov. 15 at Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland.Cook, a defender and product of Daphne (Ala.) High School, scored off a header in the 27th minute to give the North a 2-0 advantage. The North earlier grabbed a 1-0 lead when Anthony Fernandez of Itawamba Community College scored in the 27th minute on a penalty kick.
The South’s only goal came in the last minute by Mitchell Cecatiello of MS Gulf Coast Community College.
The women’s matchup ended in a 1-1 tie.
Morgan Saucier of Pearl River Community College put the South up 1-0 with her goal in the second minute of play. ECCC’s Ashlan Culberson, a forward from Brandon, tied the contest at 1-1 in the 57th minute. Maddie Edmondson of Hinds Community College was credited with an assist.
Saucier and Mara Baker of Holmes Community College received MVP honors for the South and North women’s squads, respectively.
Dylan Howard of Itawamba and Nick Bracey of Gulf Coast were named MVPs for the North and South men’s teams, respectively.
The MACJC All-Star Soccer Games were sponsored by Holmes Community College, the Mississippi Army National Guard, and Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center.
DVDs of both matchups can be purchased by contacting Matt Convertino, men’s head soccer coach at Holmes Community College, at 601-212-8095 or email email@example.com. The DVDs are $19.95 for a single game or $29.95 for both.
The most successful women’s soccer season in school history came to an end for the East Central Community College squad following a 4-0 loss to Pearl River Community College in playoff action held Tuesday, Oct. 28 at Bailey Stadium on Decatur campus.
The Lady Soccer Warriors qualified for the post-season after finishing second in the MACJC North Division with a 5-1-2 mark. Lady Wildcats were the third seed in the South at 6-3-1.
With the victory, Pearl River advanced to the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament scheduled Nov. 1-2 at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville. The Lady Bobcats won the South Division with a 10-0-0 mark. Hinds (North # 1) and Northwest (North # 3) complete the field in the women’s bracket.
EC, which posted a 12-4-2 overall record under head coach Gray Massey, recorded its best campaign since the program’s inception in 2005.
“This year was a fantastic season for our program,” said Massey. “I am very proud of what these girls were able to accomplish. However, the bar has definitely been raised and we are already looking forward to having an even better season in 2015!”
The talented squad featured several players who finished among the scores in the league.
Allie Turner recorded 12 goals and five assists for a total 29 points. Turner is a freshman midfielder from Horn Lake.
Ashlan Culberson registered nine goals, four assists and 22 points. Cumberland is a sophomore forward from Brandon.
Tamia Cavett posted six goals and 12 points. Cavett is a freshman forward from Murrah High School in Jackson.
The Lady Soccer Warriors will be recognized along with other student-athletes at the 2014 ECCC Fall Sports Award Banquet scheduled Tuesday, Dec. 2. Activities begin at 6:30 p.m. in Mabry Memorial Cafeteria.
East Central Community College’s soccer teams completed regular season action by dropping non-division matchups with Pearl River Community College Friday, Oct. 24 on the Decatur campus.
The playoff-bound Lady Warriors were blanked 1-0 and the Warriors fell 5-1.
EC’s women posted a program-best 12-3-2 overall mark and finished second in the MACJC North Division with a 5-1-2 record under second-year head coach Gray Massey.
The Lady Warriors begin their first-ever appearance in post-season competition by once again facing the Lady Wildcats (9-4-1), the No. 3 finisher in the South. The historic matchup is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, October 28 at Bailey Stadium on the Decatur campus.
The winner earns a berth in the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament scheduled Nov. 1-2 (Saturday-Sunday) at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville.
In the EC/PRC men’s game, the Warriors jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a goal by Landry Lofton during first-half action. Lofton is a sophomore forward from Pascagoula. Sophomore midfielder Jordan Alonso was credited with a scoring assist. Alonso is a product of Newton County High School.
The top-seeded Wildcats rallied for five goals and improved to 10-4-1 prior to the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament.
EC’s Warriors finished 5-10-2 overall and 1-7 in league play under head coach Kenneth Thompson.
The East Central Community College women’s soccer team experienced a rare loss after falling to Hinds Community College 3-0 Friday, Oct. 17 at Bailey Stadium on the Decatur campus.
The playoff-bound Lady Soccer Warriors are now 12-2-1 overall and 5-1-1 in the MACJC North Division prior to the completion of regular season action this week.
Gray Massey is in his second year as head coach.
On the men’s side, EC was unable to maintain a 1-0 halftime lead and fell to the visiting Eagles by a 4-2 margin.
Scoring for the Warriors were Carlos Gutierrez and Eliud Alvarez. Connor Brennan was credited with a scoring assist for each goal.
Gutierrez is a freshman defender and product of Mooreville High School. Alvarez is a sophomore midfielder from Forest. Brennan, a sophomore midfielder, hails from Pearl High School.
The Warriors traveled to Itawamba Community College in Fulton Sunday, Oct. 19, for a division battle that was rescheduled due to inclement weather.
EC fell 3-1 to the host Indians. Jordan Alonso scored the lone goal for the Warriors, who dropped to 5-8-2 overall and 1-6 in league play under head coach Kenneth Thompson. Alonso is a sophomore midfielder and product of Newton County High School.
Both EC soccer squads travel to Holmes Community College for division contests scheduled Wednesday, Oct. 22 on the Ridgeland campus. Game times are noon and 2 p.m.
The regular season finale is scheduled with Pearl River Community College Friday, Oct. 24. The Lady Warrior contest begins at 2 p.m. and will be followed by the men’s game at 4 p.m. Sophomore players will be recognized during the non-division matchups.
Winning ways continue for the East Central Community College women’s soccer team following a 3-0 victory over Northwest Mississippi Community College Wednesday, October 15 at Bailey Stadium on the Decatur campus.
The Lady Soccer Warriors improved to 12-1-1 overall and 5-0-1 in the MACJC North Division under second-year head coach Gray Massey.
Tamia Cavett gave EC a 1-0 lead with her goal in the 44th minute. Cavett is a freshman forward and product of Murrah High School. Katelyn Denton was credited with a scoring assist. Denton is freshman midfielder from Lewisburg.
Carrissa Stevenson scored in the 84th minute and received a scoring assist from Kayla Anderson. Stevenson is a freshman forward from Harrison Central. Anderson is a freshman midfielder from Florence.
Anderson completed the scoring with her goal in the 86th minute. Gabby Stapp, a freshman midfielder from West Harrison, was credited with a scoring assist.
EC’s defense kept the Lady Rangers from attempting a shot during the entire division matchup.
The Lady Soccer Warriors defeated Itawamba 2-1 Monday, October 13 on the Fulton campus. The division battle was scheduled for October 10 but was postponed due to inclement weather.
Cavett put EC on the scoreboard in the 52nd minute. Stevenson and Allie Turner were credited with scoring assists. Turner is a freshman midfielder from Horn Lake.
Rebekah Miller of ICC tied the game at 1-1 with her goal in the 69th minute.
Ashlan Culberson gave EC the lead for good with her goal in the 85th minute. Culberson is a sophomore forward from Brandon.
In men’s action, EC was shut out 3-0 to the visiting Rangers and fell to 5-6-2 overall and 1-4 in league play. Kenneth Thompson serves as head coach.
Armando Barron scored twice for the Northwest, which improved to 7-7-0 and 3-4-0. Thomas King also scored for the Rangers. Karim Mueller and Mamadou Mbaye were credited with scoring assists.
The matchup between the Soccer Warriors and Itawamba has been rescheduled for noon Sunday, October 19 in Fulton.
EC soccer squads host Hinds Community College Friday, October 17. Game times for the division battles are set for 2 and 4 p.m. on the Decatur campus.
East Central Community College’s Mikayla May (4) and a Meridian Community College soccer player almost got their feet tangled while battling for possession in the rivalry matchup Friday, Oct. 3 at Bailey Stadium on the Decatur campus. EC held on for a 2-1 decision in the rivalry matchup and improved to 10-1-1 under head coach Gray Massey. May is a freshman defender and product of Newton County High School. In the background is freshman midfielder Megan Parish of Pascagoula. Both EC soccer teams wore pink in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in honor of breast cancer survivor Cindy Thompson, wife of men’s soccer coach Kenneth Thompson.
Competition usually reaches a high level when East Central Community College and Meridian Community College athletic teams battle, and last week’s soccer contests were no exception. In the above photo, freshman forward/keeper Jacob Johnson (7) falls to the turf after colliding with an MCC player during the non-division matchup held Friday Oct. 3 at Bailey Stadium on the Decatur campus. The two teams battled to a scoreless tie in double overtime. Johnson is a product of Destrehan (La.) High School. Also pictured is ECCC’s Chase McNair (11), a sophomore midfielder and product of Neshoba Central High School. Both EC soccer teams wore pink in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in honor of breast cancer survivor Cindy Thompson, wife of Kenneth Thompson, men’s soccer coach.
A kick by East Central Community College midfielder Eliud Alvarez (9) is blocked by a Meridian Community College soccer player during the rival matchup held Friday, Oct. 3 at Bailey Stadium on the Decatur campus. The non-division contest ended in a scoreless tie in double overtime. Alvarez is a product of Forest High School. Both EC soccer teams wore pink in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in honor of breast cancer survivor Cindy Thompson, wife of men’s soccer coach Kenneth Thompson.