Wildcats start fast in 2018 opener

Itawamba Community College traveled to Pearl River Community College on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. PRCC men won 4-0, while ICC women claimed a 4-1 victory. (BRETT RUSS/PRCC ATHLETICS)
Itawamba Community College traveled to Pearl River Community College on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. PRCC men won 4-0, while ICC women claimed a 4-1 victory. (BRETT RUSS/PRCC ATHLETICS)

POPLARVILLE — The Pearl River Community College Wildcats grabbed two goals in the first 14 minutes of their season opener Wednesday and cruised to a 4-0 victory over visiting Itawamba at the PRCC soccer complex.

The Wildcats' leading returning goal scorer Jevaun Ennis (Maypen, Jamaica) set the tone, scoring seven minutes in. He struck again seven minutes later, taking a pass from Daminik White (Kingston, Jamaica) and putting it past the ICC keeper.

Jonovan Cucurullo (Bay St. Louis) added to PRCC's lead in the 53rd minute, beating a sprawled Indians keeper on the right side. Bo Bowman (Bay St. Louis) finished the night's scoring in the 75th minute by going five-hole from point-blank range. The sophomore celebrated the goal with a backflip for good measure.

"Bo and Jonovan, it was nice to get them in on the scoring," PRCC coach Drew Gallant said. "Bo is always a threat but for Jono to come on just shows the depth that we actually have on the field. With as many subs as we are allowed to make in this league, you have got to have depth."

Sophomore keeper Kobe Lie (Hattiesburg; North Forrest) was sidelined for much of the preseason with an injury but he didn't show any rust Wednesday. The veteran made a couple huge saves, including one first-half stop from just a few feet out where he lunged to his left to deny the Indians a goal. 

Lie finished the match with four saves.

"Everybody got to see how good Kobe is," Gallant said.

Cooper Grafe (Kiln; Hancock) added two assists, while White and Kealan Baggett (Ocean Springs) also chipped in assists for the Wildcats.

"I think the quick start all relates to Cooper Grafe, actually," Gallant said. "Cooper's vision was great all day."

PRCC will be back on the pitch Friday with a road trip to Holmes Community College. Kickoff is at 4 p.m.

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Pearl River men 4, Itawamba 0