The East Central Community College women’s soccer team clamed a 2-0 shutout victory over Meridian Community College Friday afternoon, Aug. 21. East Central scored a goal in each half for the 2-0 win. Freshman forward Presley McLemore from Brandon High School and sophomore forward Tamia Cavett of Murrah High School netted goals for East Central. Freshman Goalkeeper Kaitlyn Knuth a West Lauderdale product was credited with the 4 saves and the shutout! The Warrior Women will be back in action at home on Thursday, August 27th at 1:00.
Congratulations to the 2013 EC Women's Soccer team for finishing 2nd in the nation for Academic team of the year! The Lady Warriors finished with a cumulative team G.P.A. of 3.51. The team was beat out by 0.01!
The 2013 team members are: Morgan Luke, Alana Turner, Paige Gower, Claire Milling, Kennedy Castleberry, Kennedy McReynolds, Ashlan Culberson, Tesia Keith, Tamia Cavett, Miranda Clark, Heather Johnson, Erika Joyner, Addie Ambrosier, Maddi Trapp, Mackenzie Rowzee, Mackenzie Britt, Bailey McElroy, Jessie Henningston, and manager Alana Walker!
These standout high school athletes are new members of the East Central Community College women’s soccer team for 2014-15. Seated from left are midfielder Gabby Stapp of West Harrison, goalkeeper Rachel Davis of Petal, and midfielder Katelyn Denton of Lewisburg and defender Erin Golden of Petal.
ECCC Lady Warrior Soccer Signees
These high school soccer standouts recently signed national letters of intent to continue their careers at East Central Community College in Decatur. Signees and their respective high schools include (seated from left) Allie Turner, Horn Lake; Megan Yarbrough, Center Hill; Lacey Field, Lewisburg; and Carrissa Stevenson, Harrison Central; and (standing from left) Kayla Anderson, Florence; Kaitlin Blue, South Jones; Christa Breazeale, Harrison Central; Mikalya May, Newton County; and Dru Elkins, South Jones. Head coach Gray Massey said of the new Lady Soccer Warriors, “The 2014 Class is a fantastic group of players. Each one brings her own personality and individual skill that will help take EC’s soccer program to the next level.” He expects to sign additional players in the near future. Massey’s 2013 squad achieved a school recording-tying six victories in his first year as head coach. The signing ceremony was held Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in the Molly McGee Gold Room of Mabry Memorial Cafeteria
Team GPA's for the fall semester have been released.
The Lady Warriors posted a team GPA of 3.467 for the fall semester and have a cumulative GPA of 3.523. Last year when they finished fourth in the nation they had a cumulative GPA of 3.37 while the highest in the nation was a 3.47. So with a strong spring performance the Lady Warriors also have a chance to finish in the top 6 in the nation for the 9th consecutive year.
These Lady Warriors had a highly successful fall semester as they each attained a perfect 4.0 GPA. Pictured from the left is Paige Gower of Meridian, Kennedy Castleberry of Meridian, Alana Turner of Mendenhall, Ashlan Culberson of Brandon, Makenzie Rowzee of Hickory, and second row Alana Walker of Pascagoula.
Gower, Castleberry, and Turner are sophomores while Culberson, Rowzee, and Walker are freshmen. Congratulations to each of them!
The success did not stop here as 11 other ladies attained 3.0 or higher GPAs as well, most above 3.5. 17 out of 20 players above 3.0 is something to be proud of EC!
The EC girls still have plenty of fight in them as the season moves along. Entering the contest with Itawamba needing to crack the division win column, they were ready to do just that. The game started off looking bad as the ICC girls were able to score an early goal in the 5th minute. EC would not let that bother them as they worked hard and kept the score the same for the rest of the half. The second half started with EC coming out really on fire and it was not long before they saw results as freshman Ashlan Culberson tallied a goal to tie the match. She was assisted by Claire Milling. Just a few minutes later she struck again with a goal off of an assist from Tesia Keith. They continued to battle hard but neither team was able to score again so the final stood at 2-1 in favor of EC.
With the win the Lady Warriors improve to 5-8-1 and 1-5-0 in north division play. Next up is a Friday match with division foe Holmes
The Lady Warriors dropped a hard fought decision to Hinds by a 1-3 score. Hinds scored in the 5th minute off of a corner and again early in the second half. EC's Bailey McElroy was taken down in the penalty area in the 87th minute and Mackenzie Britt was able to finish the penalty kick to draw the score to 1-2. With three minutes left it looked to be an exciting finish, but just a minute later Hinds lofted a long high ball that hit the crossbar and bounced in to the goal for the final goal of the day.
With the loss the Lady Warriors drop to 4-8-1 and 0-5-0 in north division play.
Next up for the ladies is a home match with north division foe Itawamba on Tuesday, October 15. Match time is 2:00
The EC team traveled to Perkinston on Friday, October 4th for a non-division contest with the Lady Bulldogs. After a couple of small showers before the match the weather cooperated and play was not affected. Both teams battled hard for the match with neither team able to find the back of the net in regulation. Overtime would ensue and again it was a seesaw battle that neither team could find the advantage. After two overtime periods the game stood at the same point as it had at the beginning 0-0. Earning the shutout in the goal was sophomore keeper Alana Turner who played all 110 minutes in goal. It was a hard fought tie for the Lady Warriors as they move to 4-7-1 for the season.
Next up is the second round of division matches beginning Friday, October 11th with a road trip to Raymond to face the Hinds Lady Eagles. Match time is 5:00.
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