Several Warriors are enjoying great success in the early portion of the season. Sophomore forward Landry Lofton of Pascagoula is currently leading the league in points with3 goals and an assist for 7 points. Sophomore midfielder, Eliud Alvarez is tied for second the the league in scoring with 2 goals and 1 assist for 5 points. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Matt Sykes has two shutouts and only one goal against in 270 minutes of play so far. The Warriors currently lead the league with a 2.3 goals for average and also lead the league with a 0.3 goals against average. Congratulations and and keep up the good work Warriors.
The Warriors finally played a home match on Friday, August 29th after three straight road matches to begin the season. The opponent would be the Bulldogs from MS Gulf Coast CC. The Bulldogs brought a strong side to Decatur and on this day both teams would battle hard for the win. The first half ended at 0-0 with the Warriors turning away several Bulldog tries at goal.
The second half began with more challenging play but in the 48th minute Bulldog midfielder Deonte Buckner managed to slice home a shot off of the post that provided the only scoring for the day for either team. The Warriors continued to battle hard and had several chances to score particularly off of set plays but they were denied the goal.
With the loss the Warriors drop to 3-1-0 for the year and will look to regroup on Wednesday, September 3 on the road against the Jones County Bobcats. Game time
For the third consecutive match the Warriors were on the road to play. This time the opponent would be the Wolves of Copiah Lincoln CC in Wesson. The weather was nice again for this match as the Warriors would be mostly under the lights. For the third match in a row the Warriors started off well controlling the ball with nice movement and passing which would lead to an early score in the 14th minute as forward Landry Lofton finished a shot off of a nice assist from Jordan Alonso. The Warriors continued to move the ball well and created several opportunities and in the 45th minute just moments before half time Lofton would cross a ball to midfielder Eliud Alvarez who buried the shot in the top right corner of the goal for a 2-0 halftime lead.
The second half would continue to be more of the same although the Wolves stepped up the pressure with more physical play, but in the 87th minute the Warriors would strike the closing goal as the roles reversed and Alvarez fed Lofton the ball for his second goal of the night. The Wolves took a free kick with just seconds left in the match that would fall into the goal that would make the final score in Wesson was 3-1 for the Warriors.
The Warriors improve to 3-0-0 on the season and will play their first home match of the year on Friday, August 29 as they take on the visiting Bulldogs of Mississippi gulf coast Community College of Perkinston. Match time will be 5:00 pm.
The Warriors opened the 2014 season in fine fashion on Friday, August 22 as they traveled to take on the Bears from Southwest Mississippi Community College. The temperatures were in the mid 90's but it had little effect on the Warriors. The game started well for the Warriors as they held possession well and controlled the game. In the 28th minute Warrior defender and team captain Dalton Smith of Florence moved up the right flank and spotted freshman forward Tyler Aaron of Clinton near the edge of the field on the attacking end. Smith sent a nice pass forward to Aaron who in turn crossed the ball in to freshman midfielder, Jacob Johnson of Destrehan, LA who volleyed the shot past the diving Southwest goalkeeper. The score was now 1-0 for the Warriors and would prove to be the only score of the day even though the Warriors had several more great chances turned away by outstanding play by the Bears keeper.
Earning the shutout in goal was sophomore keeper Matt Sykes pf Heritage Academy in Columbus, MS. Next action for the Warriors will be tomorrow, Saturday, August 23 as they travel to Meridian to take on the Eagles of Meridian Community College.
The 2013 men's team added another honor to their credit when they finished 4th in the nation for highest team grade point average. They finished with a 3.17 average and had 6 sophomores to earn NJCAA Academic Awards. These players also earned MACJC Academic honors along with a seventh teammate. The freshman class has six players on track for national honors next season.
Earning individual national honors were Zack Kilion #6, of Crestwood KY and Jordan Walker #9 of Decatur, MS. They were both Superior Award Winners (3.8-3.99 GPA). Also earning honors were Jesse Vaughn #4, Will Thompson #2, and Russ Thompson #3 all of Decatur, MS along with Taylor Potter #5 of Bentonia, MS. These wer3 all Exemplary Award Winners (3.6-3.79 GPA).
Killion and Walker also earned the Distinguished Award (3.8-4.0 GPA) in the MACJC while Vaughn, Thompson, Thompson, Potter along with Eliud Alvarez #16 all earned Academic All-State honors (3.25-3.79 GPA).
Congratulations to the team and these individual winners.
It was a great time for all at the annual end of year cookout where we had the opportunity to say goodbye to our sophomores while welcoming the incoming freshmen. There was plenty of great food and nice weather to go around.
The Warriors recently took a trip to Canton to spend the day going to war with paintballs. Great fun was had by all and only a few bruises were earned for the day.
The Warriors recently added several new players to the squad for the 2014 season.
Signing with the Warriors was Pearl High School standout Connor Brennan. Conner is a 6'1" midfielder. He helped lead his team to the 2014 Class 5A state championship.
Also joining the Warriors is Jamar Simms of Pascagoula High. He is a 5' 9" defender that led his team to the Class 5A state semifinals.
Amory standout John Mark Howell will be joining the Warriors for the fall as well. He is a 6'0" 225lb keeper.