ICC falls in soccer semi-finals
A historic season for the ICC men’s soccer team came to an end Saturday with a 3-1 loss to Hinds in the state semi-finals. Pontotoc’s Brayden Timmons and Piercen Burchfield were big parts of the Indians ‘ success, which included the program’s first ever North division title.
However, another former Warrior, Hind’s Will Pearson, will see his season continue.
The quest for a 10 th Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) state championship slipped just out of the grasp of Pearson and Hinds, as the Eagles dropped a 1-0 contest to Pearl River Community College in the men’s state title game in Raymond.
Trey Wesson scored the game’s only goal with 27:18 remaining in the second half to give Pearl River the slim victory in what proved to be an offensive struggle for both teams all day.
The silver lining for the Eagles is that the 2013 season will still go on for them, as Hinds (7-8-4) is set to host Tyler (Texas) Junior College on Friday at 6 p.m. in a play-in game for a shot at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national tournament.
One of the keys to the Eagles’ success has been the steady play of Pearson, a goalkeeper who actually transferred to Hinds from ICC.
“It is a just a testament to how well we have bonded,” Pearson said of team’s play down the stretch. “We are like a family on the field. We work well together.
“Coach has like four roles or rules for each position that you play within the game, and if you do your jobs then that’s all you can do. We have fun playing the game.”
Pearson said it was exciting to play against his former teammates, but friendly feeling went away once the game started.
“It was fun,” Pearson. “I looked forward to playing against them and showing I could do, but really once the game started they were just part of another team.”
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