POPLARVILLE, Miss. — Pearl River had chances late but were unable to cash in, falling to No. 6 LSU-Eunice 1-0 at the PRCC Sports Complex. The loss was PRCC's first of the season.
"It's just a little more adversity for us. I talked earlier about the Itawamba game and we hit some more tonight," Pearl River coach Drew Gallant said. "We give up the goal early to start the second half and although they got a guy sent off I felt like we didn't do a good job of finishing.
"We just didn't do what we should be doing. I know I'm going to be upset when I see the film. Hopefully we can turn it into a learning point."
Although the Wildcats' (8-1-1 overall) unblemished record is gone, the Wildcats are still in the driver's seat the MACJC as they sit atop the standings.
Both teams had chances in the first half, as the Bengals (11-1) and Wildcats raced back and forth down the field without being able to find the back of the net.
The Bengals broke the scoreless tie three minutes into the second half, blasting a shot past goalkeeper John Bowman (Bay St. Louis; Bay) from inside the box.
While both teams made runs down the field art times throughout, neither squad was able to collect prime scoring chances. The Wildcats' best chance probably came with seven minutes remaining when Shande James (Trench Town, Jamaica; Clarendon College) played Caleb Burke (Ocean Springs) in on goal. The Eunice keeper read the play well and charged out of his goal, stopping Burke's shot.
Four minutes later the Wildcats broke in on the right side. Miguel Hernandez (Gulfport) crossed the ball all the way through the yawning goal mouth with the keeper pulled out, but the Wildcats didn't have a player crashing the back post and the ball rolled out of play.
"We just didn't finish tonight. We're back to not finishing chances when we should. We need to do a much better job of that," Gallant said. "We had some good opportunities, which is promising, but still you want to see the team finish."
Bowman was credited with four saves on five shots.
Pearl River returns to the pitch Friday with a road MACJC South contest against Southwest. Kickoff in Summit is set for 3 p.m.
HOW TO TUNE IN
All home events are broadcast on PRCCAthletics.com and PRCCMedia.com. Anyone who has an Amazon Fire or Roku device can stream PRCC broadcasts by downloading the "Pearl River CC" Channel from the app store.