POPLARVILLE, Miss.— Pearl River dominated early but needed a couple late goals Friday to cruise past Meridian 4-1 at the PRCC Soccer Complex. The victory marked the Wildcats' first home win under new head coach Henrik Madsen.
"I thought the girls played really well," Madsen said. "We struggled to finish our chances which made it a closer game. Meridian fought hard and made it difficult for us."
Maddie Beets (Long Beach) opened the scoring in the 12thminute taking a Bailey Riddley (Clinton) feed and sending it back across the goal, into the right side netting.
"She's working really hard," Madsen said. "She gets sharper and sharper every game."
Although the Wildcats (2-0-1 overall) dominated play in the first half, MCC got on the scoreboard 15 minutes into the second half. From that point on it was a much tighter contest without much room for error.
Shaw gave her team some breathing room with about six minutes remaining, darting in from the right side and tucking under the exposed keeper.
"Jade was fantastic today," Madsen said. "They didn't have an answer for. Jade was on fire tonight which is a good thing for us."
Briana Carr (Laurel; West Jones) put the game on ice four minutes later when she battled the keeper for a ball before depositing it in the goal.
"Really good to see fresh players coming in and taking their chance,"Madsen said of the team's finish.
The Wildcats are back on the pitch Tuesday at Mississippi Gulf Coast on Tuesday at 5 p.m. PRCC returns home Sept. 10 to host Southwest in a 5 p.m. tilt.
HOW TO TUNE IN
All home events will be broadcast on PRCCAthletics.comand 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.