POPLARVILLE, Miss. — Pearl River was all over visiting Gulf Coast on Friday as the Wildcats picked up a 5-0 victory at the PRCC Sports Complex. The victory clinched a season sweep over MGCCC where Henrik Madsen's Wildcats didn't allow a single goal to their rival.
"We're continuing to grow as a group and mesh better with one another. I thought the girls were really good," Madsen said. "It's funny because some of the patterns we worked on in practice were there; we told them 'you have to see this' and they did."
SCORING IN BUNCHES
The Wildcats (7-1-2 overall; 6-0 MACJC South) opened the scoring in the 13th minute when Laura Magleau (Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Colegio Sao Miguel Arcanjo) sent a free kick all the way into the box from near midfield. Maddie Beets (Long Beach) ran under the ball and one-timed it past the exposed Bulldog keeper.
Three minutes after PRCC had a goal called off, the Wildcats broke through. In the 32nd minute Leanna Pittman (Gulfport) accepted a centering pass from Zigi Ahortor (Accra, Ghana/Wesley), took a touch and blasted the ball just under the cross bar.
The Wildcats added two more goals midway through the second half.
Beets called her own number in the 68th minute, firing a shot from long range that dipped just under the cross bar.
Beets and Briana Carr (Laurel; West Jones) teamed up for the team's fourth goal in the 76th minute. Beets sent a low kick into the box from a corner. Carr stepped up to redirect the ball past the MGCCC keeper.
Carr tacked on the team's fifth goal in the 87th minute, scoring inside the left post on a penalty kick.
"Maddie had another good game," Madsen said. "She's getting better and better and getting more comfortable as we go."
Madsen also made a point to highlight the play of Magleau, who came off the bench for PRCC.
"Laura had an outstanding game at the holding mid position," he said. "I thought she was really strong."
STRONG IN NET
K.K. Snyder (Leakesville; Greene County) made her debut in goal Friday. It didn't take long for the Bulldogs (1-11-1; 1-4-1) to test the sophomore. Seven minutes into the match, the MGCCC broke in alone on goal but Snyder dove to her right just in time to push the ball away for her first save.
Early in the second half Snyder made another highlight reel save, punching a high ball over the cross bar to maintain her shutout.
"K.K. making that first save on the 1-on-1 was huge because if they go up all of a sudden it's a different ballgame," Madsen said. "She was awesome. She didn't have much time to prepare for it but I thought she did great. The team did a good job helping her out on it as well."
Snyder was credited with four saves in the shutout victory.
Pearl River has a busy week ahead. The Wildcats play host to LSU-Eunice on Wednesday at 5 p.m. and then visit Southwest for a 2 p.m. start Friday.
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.