POPLARVILLE — Pearl River's men's soccer team announced the addition of four new Wildcats on Monday.
PRCC's early signees are goalkeeper John Bowman, midfielder Max Matsenbaugh, defender Carson Favre and forward Tres Ray.
"This is a talented group of up-and-coming student athletes who check a lot of boxes for us," PRCC coach Drew Gallant said. "We're bringing in these players to immediately contend for starting sports."
Bowman is the younger brother of current PRCC standout Bo Bowman (Bay St. Louis; Bay). He's coached at BHS by Kelly Ross.
"John is an extremely athletic keeper who has a huge upside," Gallant said. "We hope he can come in and fill the shoes of an all-conference player like Kobe (Lie)."
Favre joins the PRCC family from Long Beach, where he's coached by Andee Wilburn.
"Carson is a very good defender who's not scared to tackle," Gallant said. "We really like his aggressiveness, which will help to strengthen our backline after the graduation of guys like Andrew Elkins (Bay St. Louis; St. Stanislaus) and Joe Elliott (Leicester, England)."
Matsenbaugh comes from a perennial power at St. Stanislaus, where he's coached by Danny Patton.
"Max is a talented technical player who sees the field very well," Gallant said. "Hopefully he can compete when he arrives on campus to lead our midfield."
The fourth member of the class, Ray, won't have to travel far from home to play college ball. Poplarville's star striker is coached by Luke Gibson.
"Tres is a very creative player who always finds a way to score," Gallant said. "Hopefully he can have an immediate impact on our attack."
The Wildcats won the MACJC in 2017 and were nationally ranked this season, finishing the year with an 11-4 overall record.