Wildcats remain undefeated, but it wasn't easy at East Central

Wildcats remain undefeated, but it wasn't easy at East Central

Pearl River's men's soccer team was tested on every level Sunday at East Central. It wasn't the cleanest performance of the year but following the 6-4 win, head coach Drew Gallant said has a lot of respect for what his Wildcats showed.

"This is probably the most proud I've been of the boys," he said. "Not exactly the performance, but the heart they showed to finish the game."

The Wildcats (7-0) fell behind early in the road contest and then had to scrap back ahead for the two-goal victory.

Although the team conceeded a season-high in goals, Gallant credited sophomore centerback Andrew Elkins (Bay St. Louis; St. Stanislaus) for helping PRCC navigate through the goal fest.

"He really kept everything organized for us and if it wasn't for him we may have lost the game," Gallant said.

Jevaun Ennis (Maypen, Jamaica) scored twice on two shots — in only 20 minutes — to edge back ahead for the team lead in goals with nine.

Jonovan Cucurullo (Waveland; Bay) had a breakout performance offensively, netting two goals.

"He definitely made the most of his minutes," Gallant said. 

Mike Jimenez (Ocean Springs) added three assists. Cooper Grafe (Kiln; Hancock) and Kealan Baggett (Ocean Springs) rounded out PRCC's goal scorers.

Two-time MACJC Goalkeeper of the Week Kobe Lie (Hattiesburg; North Forrest was credited with 11 saves to improve to 7-0 on the year. Two of the goals Lie surrendered were on penalty kicks.

The Wildcats will put their undefeated record on the line Wednesday when Southwest visits Poplarville. The men are scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

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