The Warriors had a lot of fun doing community service recently as they hosted the NCES second grade classes for an afternoon of soccer fun which included lots of fun soccer activities that helped teach the kids all about soccer. The second graders had just completed a reading unit on a story by Mia Hamm titled Winners Never Quit. They reminded the Warriors about that very thing.
Pictured above are the members of the 2014 MACJC North Men's All-Star team. Front row from left: Chase Williams and Cody Dwyer of Hinds CC, Michael Orcutt of Holmes CC, Dylan Howard of Itawamba CC, Eliud Alvarez of East Central CC, Ricky Hackler of Itawamba CC, Reid Westover of Holmes CC,and Anthony Fernandez of Itawamba CC. Standing from left: Tyler Cook and Dalton Smith of East Central CC, Garrett Watson of Holmes CC, Matt Sykes of East Central CC, Josh Delgado of Northwest MS CC, Kit Huddleston of Itawamba CC, Jimmy Doonan of Holmes CC, and Evan Thomas of Itawamba CC.
The north men won the second annual event by a score of 2-1. Anthony Fernandez and Tyler Cook scored goals for the north team with Reid Westover earning an assist.
Pictured are East Central's 2014 MACJC All-Star North Team members. From left are: North men's head coach, Kenneth Thompson, Tyler Cook, Ashlan Culberson, Dalton Smith, Matt Sykes, and Eliud Alvarez. Not pictured is Tesia Keith and north women's assistant coach Gray Massey.
Nov. 17, 2014
RIDGELAND – 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 35th 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 at1-1 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The DVDs are $19.95 for a single game or $29.95 for both.
The Warriors continued a mid season home stand by hosting the Eagles of Meridian CC on Friday, October 3rd. On this day the men would take to the field first in a change of pace by request of the visitors. The match started off with both teams competing strongly and having opportunities turned away. Disaster struck for both squads as in the 28th minute a player from both teams was shown the red card which ended their day and caused both teams to play with only ten players for the remainder of the match. This affected play greatly as both teams found it difficult to mount a sustained attack that could produce a goal. Regulation ended with the score at 0-0 and for the second match in a row the Warriors would head to overtime. Even though the Warriors had several opportunities to score in the overtime periods the Eagles keeper turned them away each time. After 20 extra time minutes the Warriors and Eagles ended where they started at 0-0.
Next up for the Warriors is the start of the second round of north division matches as they will travel to Fulton on Friday, October 10 to take on the Itawamba Indians. Match time is 4:00.
The Warriors made history on Tuesday, September 30th as they hosted the Co-Lin Wolves in the first ever night match held on the East Central campus. The Warriors Came out strongly and opened the scoring in the 7th minute off of a goal from freshman midfielder Omar Gutierrez of Mooreville. The Warriors continued to attack strongly and in the 16th minute they struck again as sophomore Eliud Alvarez notched his fourth goal of the season off of an assist by Jacob Johnson. The Wolves would counter with a goal of their own to cut the lead to 2-1 but the Warriors would extend the lead out again in the 32nd minute on a penalty kick by Jacob Johnson. The score at the half stood 3-1 in favor of the Warriors. The Wolves however would not quit and with only about six minutes to go in the match they scored to cut the lead to 3-2. They continued to push hard and with only a couple of minutes remaining found the tying goal. Overtime ensued with both teams having scoring opportunities turned away. After 20 additional minutes the game ended in a draw at 3-3.
Next up for the Warriors is another match on the turf as they will host the Meridian Eagles on Friday, October 3 at 3:00
The Warriors entered the non division break looking to get a win and did just that on Friday, September 26. The opponent was the visiting Southwest Bears from Summit. The Warriors continued their strong defensive play for the day but it was their offensive skills that showed up early as they were able to take the lead just 14 minutes into the match. Freshman forward Jacob Johnson received a nice through pass from fellow freshman midfielder Connor Brennan that he hammered past a diving keeper to put the score at 1-0 in favor of the Warriors. Just eleven minutes later the Warriors would strike again as the sophomores were not to be outdone. Sophomore midfielder Eliud Alvarez of Forest, followed a high cross from sophomore Landry Lofton of Pascagoula which he head into the goal past several defending Bears. The game would continue with several more opportunities to score but he Warriors could not connect. The match ended with the Warriors earning another shutout victory.
Next up for the Warriors is a match on the new turf field as the Copiah Lincoln Wolves visit on Tuesday, September 30th. Match time is 7:00.
The Warriors finished the first round of division matches on Friday, September 19th by hosting the Holmes Bulldogs. The match started off well for the Warriors as they earned a corner kick in the eighth minute which they converted in to a 1-0 lead. Scoring on the play was sophomore defender Tyler Cook who was assisted on the play by freshman defender Jamar Simms and freshman midfielder Connor Brennan. This lead would hold up until the 34th minute when the Bulldogs took advantage of a Warriors foul and converted on the ensuing free kick to even the score at 1-1. The second half had only just begun when the Bulldogs took a corner kick which they converted in to a goal to give them the 2-1 lead. This would prove to be the last score of the day as both teams were unable to add any other goals. The match ended 2-1 in favor of the visiting Bulldogs from Ridgeland.
Next up for the Warriors is a non division match with Southwest MS CC at home on Friday, September 26th. Match time is 4:00.
The Warriors continued their north division schedule with another road contest to Raymond to take on the Eagles of Hinds CC on Tuesday, September 16. From the opening whistle this would prove to be a tough battle for both teams as neither team could find the back of the net even though the Warriors controlled play for the most part. The first half ended just as the game had started at 0-0. After the half more intense play continued with several cautions on the Eagles and a second caution issued to a Warrior which resulted in the Warriors having to play down a man. The Eagles took advantage of this and finally were able to score in the 64th minute. The Warriors would not give in however despite playing down a man and finally evened the score with just three plus minutes remaining in the match. However, as the Warriors tried to get to the end of regulation so that they could regroup for overtime disaster struck as the Eagles were able to score with only a couple of minutes to go in the match. Final score was Hinds 2-1 East Central.
Up next for the Warriors is yet another north division match at home with the Holmes Bulldogs on Friday, September 19th. Match time is 4:00.
The Warriors first north division contest did not goes as they wanted on September 12. They traveled to Senatobia to take on the Rangers. On this day they did not play as well as they had in previous matches as th Rangers came out with high pressure throughout the match that the Warriors struggled to work against. The Warriors found themselves trailing at he half for the first time this season as the Rangers scored in the 11th minute to take the lead. The second half started better for the Warriors as they began to find themselves in better position to attack but in the 52nd minute the Warriors were called for a foul in the penalty area that resulted in a game changing penalty shot. They would not give up however and in the 58th minute freshman forward Jacob Johnson of Destrehan, LA nailed a free kick to pull the Warriors back to within a goal. Both teams went back and forth with chances for both teams but it would be the Rangers who found the net again in the 72nd minute after a huge scramble in front of the goal to give them a 3-1 lead that they would not give up. Final score EC 1, Northwest 3. With the loss the Warriors division mark drops to 1-1-0.
Next up for the Warriors is another road division match with the Hinds CC Eagles in Raymond on Tuesday, September16th. Match time is 7:00.