Congratulations go out to 2014 signee Durham Norman and his Florence High teammates as they advanced to the MSHSAA state championship match in Class 4A.
The Warriors continue to add to the squad for the fall as they add local standouts Kellen Clark and Cesar Diaz to the roster. Both are products of Newton County High in Decatur. Clark, a defender and Diaz, a forward led their high school team to the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs before falling to state finalist St. Stanislaus.
Recent additions to the 2014 squad include Clinton High standouts Jackson Oliver and Tyler Aaron. Oliver is a forward/midfielder and Aaron is a forward. Their team recently won the district championship and is advancing to the Mississippi State Playoffs.
Also joining the squad is Jacob Johnson from Destrehan High in Destrehan, Louisisana. Johnson is a forward and his team recently won the district championship and is advancing to the Louisiana State Playoffs.
Recently welcomed as new members of the East Central Community College men’s soccer team for 2014-15 are (seated from left) midfielders Fredy Gutierrez of Pontotoc, Omar Gutierrez of Mooreville and Abimael Rivera of Saltillo; and (standing from left) defender Durham Norman of Florence and midfielder Carlos Gutierrez of Mooreville.
Team GPA's for the fall semester have been released.
The Warriors posted a team GPA of 3.037 for the fall semester and have a cumulative GPA of 3.193. Last year when they finished second in the nation they had a cumulative GPA of 3.13 while the highest in the nation was 3.15. So with a strong spring performance the Warriors have a chance to finish in the top 10 in the nation for the 7th consecutive year.
The Fall 13 Semester was highly successful for these members of the Warrior Soccer team. Attaining perfect 4.0 GPAs for the fall semester are from left: Zack Killion of Crestwood, KY; Taylor Potter of Bentonia, MS, Will Thompson of Decatur, MS; Jesus Toledano-Onofre of Lake, MS; and Dalton Smith of Florence, MS.
Killion, Potter, and Thompson are all sophomores while Onofre and Smith are freshmen. Congratulations to each of them.
12 other Warriors attained 3.0 or higher as well. Many of these were 3.5 and above. 17 out of 27 players and managers above 3.0 is an accomplishment to be proud of EC!
If 50 seconds was not fast enough for the Warriors to score today they improved on that by scoring only 42 seconds into the match. Again it would be Will Thompson with the quick scoring following up on a blocked shot by Ty Miller. Northwest would tie the match in the 32nd minute. The Warrior would regain the lead in the 45th minute as Kennon Craft drove along the goal line and laced a shot in for a score. Tragedy would erupt just seconds later as both benches cleared as a Northwest player attacked one of the Warriors. After getting everyone back together both teams lost a player to a red card and would play with 10 men for the remainder of the match. The Rangers took advantage of this as the Warriors were trying to attack and spread out. They scored three second half goals on counter attacks to win the match 4-2 and earn the 2nd spot in the north division.
Next up for the Warriors is Sophomore Day on Friday, October 25 as the Pearl River Wildcats come to Decatur for a non-division matchup which will end the regular season for both teams. Game time is 4:00.
The Warriors started quickly against the Holmes Bulldogs with sophomore forward Will Thompson scoring just a mere 52 seconds into the match off of an assist from fellow forward Clint McGraw. However the Bulldogs never gave up and they evened the score in the 35th minute. The game would go to halftime all even 1-1. The second half saw the Warriors give up two free kick goals that ended the scoring for the day. Holmes converted on the two plays in the 48th and 57th minute. The final would stand at 1-3 in favor of the Bulldogs.
Next up for the Warriors is a home division match with Northwest CC. A playoff spot will be on the line for the winner. Match time and date is Tuesday, October 22 at 4:00.
If the Warriors had any heart left to break, it was shattered today. Despite playing another exceptional match the Warriors dropped another overtime match in the 100th minute.
The Warriors were back home for the first time in a while and wer ready to redeem themselves from the last match out which went into overtime. North division foe Itawamba came into town on a roll but it was the Warriors who came to play. In the 28th minute a nice pass from Dalton Smith found its way to Clint McGraw who placed a nice shot past the Indian keeper. It was Clint's 21st birthday and he was celebrating in style. The half would end with the score in favor of the Warriors 1-0. The second half was more excellent play by the Warriors but in the 68th Minute Indian wingman Ricky Hackler got free and slotted a ball across to Brayden Timmons who buried the tying goal. the next 22 minutes ensued with numerous chances for the Warriors but they werer denied time and again. Overtime ensued and in the last minute ofhte first period Timmons would slip through again for the game winner. This was a tough loss forht eWarriors as they had played really well yet still came up just short.
With the loss the Warriors are now 7-6-1 and 2-3-1 in division. Next up for the Warriors is another north division contest in Decatur with the Holmes Bulldogs on Friday, October 18th. Game time is 4:00.
The Warriors lost a heart breaker in the 110th minute off of a free kick in the last minute of the second overtime. The final score was 1-2 in favor of Hinds. The Eagles opened the scoring in the 78th minute while the Warriors answered right back and on the kickoff will Thompson played a perfect ball to Joe Gaskin who beat the keeper and scored in the 79th minute. The game seesawed back and forth with neither team gaining an advantage. It would be an unfortunate foul in the last minute that set up the heroics for Hinds as they placed the free kick just past the a diving EC keeper, Matt Taylor.
With thte loss the Warriors fall to 6-6-1 and 1-3-1 in division. Next up for the Warriors is a home division match with Itawamba on Tuesday, October 15. Match time is 4:00.
*(Follow-up to this game report. Hinds had to forfeit this match due to non reporting of two ejections in a previous match. EC record is now 7-5-1 and 2-2-1 in division.)