POPLARVILLE, Miss. — Scoring chances were at a premium Wednesday night as No. 14 LSU-Eunice defeated Pearl River 2-0 at the PRCC Sports Complex.
"I thought from the first half to the second half we adjusted to the speed of the game. We created chances we needed to take but that's the difference. In matches like this you only get one or two and you have to take advantage of them.
"It's always good to play teams like this at this point in the season. I thought the girls played well. I was proud of our effort."
Paige Horsnell (London; England) was tested early as the Bengals (11-1-1 overall) picked off a ball inside the box and fired, forcing the freshman keeper to dive to her right to turn away the shot.
In the 30th minute, Horsnell was forced to come up big again. LSU-Eunice sent a corner all the way through the box. A Bengal crashed the back post and got her head on the ball for a pointed shot, but Horsnell slammed her feet together to stop the ball.
Four minutes later the Bengals broke through off of a set piece. Eunice sent a pass into the right corner and then cashed in on a back-door header.
PRCC (7-2-1) had one lone shot on goal in the first half. Briana Carr (Laurel; West Jones) had the Wildcats' next best chance in the 60th minute. LSU-Eunice's keeper raced far out of her box to attempt and win a 50-50 ball. Carr beat her to the ball but was prevented from getting a clean shot on goal by a Bengal defender. Shortly after, Shelby Harrington (Oak Grove) drove down the right side and crossed a ball into a crowd in the box. The ball rattled to Leanna Pittman (Gulfport), who banked a shot off of a teammate on goal before the Bengal keeper scooped it up to squash the threat.
LSU-Eunice tacked on a goal with 30 seconds remaining to seal the victory.
Horsnell was credited with five saves on seven shots for the Wildcats.
Pearl River returns to the pitch Friday with a road MACJC South contest against Southwest. Kickoff in Summit is set for 1 p.m.
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