West Jones finds success at D. I. Patrick Stadium…again.
After the school’s big upset win over Hattiesburg in the Class 5A football playoffs earlier in the school year, the No. 2 seed girls soccer team ended No. 1 seed Hattiesburg’s season Wednesday night, 4-1, in the first round of the playoffs.
“I was pleased by the complete team effort tonight,” said West Jones girls head coach Craig Winship. “Most of our goals were scored by reserves who came in and played. It wasn’t just the starters. So I was pleased with how we worked the ball around.
“I love it when we get a warning because of our players on the bench celebrating too close to the field. That is when you know you’re doing something right.”
Natalie Allgood found herself in the right place at the right time on Wednesday night – twice. It helped West Jones advance.
“Natalie was in the places she needed to be tonight,” said Winship.
The junior midfielder gave the credit to teammate Bre Carr.
“Bre Carr,” said Allgood with a slight pause afterward. “Bre Carr is the most selfless person I know. She always hands the ball off at the right time. She made it happen.”
Allgood scored the game’s first goal in the 34th minute. West Jones didn’t hold the lead long. Hattiesburg’s leading scorer, Kendyl Terrell, answered barely a minute later with the game’s equalizer.
“Terrell’s quick answer changed the halftime speech for sure,” said Winship. “We talked about going back to what we practice on, and that’s possession ball, movement, I play a ball, and I cut. It was about staying true to how we trained. That was the biggest thing we talked about.”
Ten minutes into the second half, West Jones took back the lead on a goal by freshman midfielder Jenny Batista. This time around the lead held.
Allgood and Breonna Williams delivered the crushing blows to Hattiesburg’s season with goals in the 65th and 72nd minute.
West Jones moves on to play West Harrison next Saturday at 1 p.m. The game will be held at West Harrison.
“West Harrison has played all the big teams down on the coast,” Winship said. “Their record is not something we’re going to be worried about because they’ve played Ocean Springs, Gulfport and all the big teams like that. They had a really good game against Brookhaven in the first round of the playoffs, so we’re looking forward to another tough game.
“We’ve either eliminated them or been eliminated by them in three of the last four playoffs. So that’s a game we’ll circle and try to play our best against.”