East Central Community College goalkeeper Kaitlyn Knuth has added the National Junior College Athletic Association’s National Division I Women’s Soccer Goalie of the Week to here list of awards this week.
The freshman from West Lauderdale High School in Collinsville is also the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges Women’s Soccer Goalkeeper of the Week and was named to the All-Region-23 Team
In two playoff games the week of Oct. 26, Knuth played 195 minutes in goal, facing 30 shots, with 28 saves and giving up only two goals.
East Central Community College freshman goalkeeper Kaitlyn Knuth is the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges Women’s Soccer Goalkeeper of the Week for her play in the State Tournament last week.
Knuth, a product of Collinsville and West Lauderdale High School, played 195 minutes in goal in two games, giving up only two goals while facing 25 shots. She had 23 saves in the two contests.
In a 2-0 quarterfinal shutout win over Meridian Community College Oct. 27, Knuth had nine saves. She had 14 saves in East Central’s 2-1 double overtime loss to eventual MACJC/State Region 23 Champion Pearl River Community College Oct. 30.
Knuth also won the award the first week of the season giving up no goals and making four saves in 90 minutes in goal in a 2-0 East Central victory over Meridian on Aug. 21.
The season ended for the East Central Community College women’s soccer team Oct. 30 with a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to the Pearl River Community College Lady Wildcats in two overtimes in the semifinals of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges/Region 23 Tournament being played on Tom Shepherd Field on the campus of Hinds Community College in Raymond.
Sophomore forward Tamia Cavett, a product of Murrah High School, scored a first half goal to give East Central a 1-0 lead heading to the locker room. Pearl River tied the score with about 20 minutes left in the match, and then netted the game-winner in the second overtime.
It was the first time since the East Central women’s soccer program began play in 2005 that a team advanced to the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament semifinals.
Coach Gray Massey’s East Central squad finished the season 11-4-2 overall.
The Pearl River women improved to 14-1 on the season. The Lady Wildcats are the defending MACJC/Region 23 Champions and have won three of the last six championships. Pearl River will face Jones County Junior College in the finals Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. in Raymond.
It was the final match for 10 East Central sophomores who won 23 games over two seasons, the most by any sophomore class in program history. This year’s team also had the best start in school history at 8-0. The Lady Warriors have finished in second place in the MACJC North Division two years in a row.
The East Central Community College women’s soccer team has advanced to the semifinals of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges/Region 23 Tournament for the first time in program history.
The Lady Warriors will face the Pearl River Community College Lady Wildcats on Friday, Oct. 30, at 1 p.m. at Tom Shepherd Field on the Hinds Community College campus in Raymond. Hinds will meet Jones County Junior College in the other women’s semifinal. The women’s finals are set for Saturday, Oct. 31, at 10 a.m.
The Lady Warriors advanced out of the quarterfinals of the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament with a 2-0 shutout of the Meridian Community College Lady Eagles on a wet night on the Bailey Stadium turf in Decatur Oct. 27. The East Central women’s soccer program began play in 2005 and also made a quarterfinal appearance last season.
Freshman midfielder Bri Scobey of Corinth High School and sophomore forward Lacey Field of Lewisburg High School in Olive Branch scored goals for East Central against Meridian, both in the first half. Freshman Kaitlyn Knuth from West Lauderdale High School picked up the shutout in goal for East Central.
The East Central women are now 11-3-2 overall after the quarterfinal victory. Meridian finished its season 8-7-2.
The East Central men’s soccer team saw its season some to an end Oct. 27 with an 8-4 loss to the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Bulldogs in MACJC quarterfinal action played in soggy conditions in Perkinston.
The Warriors got two goals from freshman midfielder/forward Blake Bonds, a product of Germantown High School in Madison, and one goal each from freshman midfielder Fredy Gutierrez of Pontotoc High School and sophomore forward Jacob Johnson of Destrehan High School (La.)
The East Central men finished their season 6-11-1. Gulf Coast, which advances to the MACJC/Region 23 semifinals at Hinds, is 14-4.
The East Central Community College women’s soccer team could have clinched the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges North Division title with a win over Holmes Community College Oct. 16, but the two teams fought to a 1-1 tie through 90 minutes of regulation and two overtimes in Decatur.
In the men’s match, an East Central win would have put the Warriors into postseason play as well, but the Holmes men pulled out a 1-0 win. The Warriors still have a chance to make the state tournament, but must wait on the results of other MACJC matches this week.
Freshman midfielder Kenzie Jenkins out of McLaurin High School in Florence got the lone goal for the East Central women, who moved to 10-3-2 overall and 5-1-2 in division play. The Holmes Lady Indians are now 7-5-1 and 3-3-1. The Lady Warriors’ opponent and location in state tournament play will be decided this week.
The East Central men are now to 6-10-1 overall and 3-4-1 in the MACJC North Division. Holmes improved to 6-7 overall and 2-4 in division play. The Warriors will play their season finale Friday, Oct. 23, at home in Decatur against Pearl River Community College. The match begins at 4 p.m.
State Tournament play begins Oct. 27.
The East Central Community College men’s soccer team earned its second straight win and second straight shutout on the road with a 1-0 victory over the Itawamba Community College Indians Oct. 14 in Fulton.
The Warriors shutout Northwest Mississippi Community College 2-0 on Oct. 9 in Senatobia in its last match.
Sophomore forward Jacob Johnson, a product of Destrehan High School (La.), scored his team leading eighth goal of the season in the 51st minute for the game winner against Itawamba.
With the win, East Central improves to 5-9-1 overall and 3-3-1 in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges North Division, good enough for second place. Itawamba fell to 5-8-1 overall and 1-4-1 in division play.
In the women’s action, East Central outshot Itawamba 13-3, but came up on the short end of the 2-1 score. Freshman defender Gabby Gross out of Lewisburg High School got the East Central goal.
The East Central women, who have already qualified for state tournament play which begins Oct. 27, fell to 10-3-1 overall and 5-1-1 in division play. The Lady Indians improved to 3-8-1 and 1-5.
The East Central teams return home Friday, Oct. 16, to face Holmes Community College in matches at 2 and 4 p.m.
Behind goals from Jacob Johnson and Devon Pitts, the East Central Community College men’s soccer team secured a 2-0 shutout win over the Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers Friday, Oct. 9, on the Northwest campus in Senatobia.
The East Central women and Northwest women battled through two overtimes before settling for a 0-0 tie.
Johnson, a sophomore forward from Destrehan High School (La.), scored East Central’s first goal on a penalty kick. Pitts, a freshman midfielder out of George County High School in Lucedale, followed Johnson with the Warriors’ second goal.
East Central improved to 5-9-1 on the season and 2-3-1 in Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges North Division play. Northwest fell to 10-5-1 overall and 3-3 in the North Division.
With the tie, the East Central women moved to 10-2-1 on the season and 5-0-1 in the division. East Central has already clinched a berth in the postseason. The Northwest Lady Rangers fell to 3-9-3 overall and 1-4-1 in the North Division.
Both East Central teams return to action Wednesday, Oct. 14, when they travel to Fulton to face Itawamba Community College at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. They return home to Decatur on Friday, Oct. 16, to host Holmes Community College at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
The East Central Community College and Hinds Community College women’s soccer teams battled into the second overtime Tuesday, Oct. 6, before East Central got a goal from Megan Yarbrough to secure a 1-0 win. With the victory, the East Central women clinched a spot in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College postseason tournament for the second straight season.
Yarbrough, a sophomore midfielder out of Center Hill High School in Olive Branch, scored in the 108th minute for the game winner in the women’s matchup. She was assisted by Allie Turner, a sophomore midfielder from Horn Lake High School.
The East Central women improved to 10-2 on the season, and 5-0 in MACJC North Division play. Hinds fell to 5-7 overall and 2-2 in division play.
In men’s action, Hinds rolled to an 8-1 win over East Central. The Warriors fell to 4-8-1 on the season and 1-3-1 in division play. Hinds improved to 7-4 overall and 4-0 in North Division play.
Abi Rivera, a sophomore midfielder out of Oxford High School in Saltillo, had the lone goal for the Warriors.
The matches were played on the East Central campus in Decatur.
Both the ECCC men’s and women’s soccer squads travel to Senatobia on Friday, Oct. 9, to face Northwest Mississippi Community College. The matches are at 1 and 3 p.m.