The ICC Lady Indians clinched their fourth-straight berth in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges playoffs with a 2-0 victory over East Central on Wednesday night at Ballard Park.
Midfielder Madison Raines, a sophomore from Tupelo, scored both goals for ICC (7-9-0, 6-1-0 North Division).
“Madison has been solid for us this season,” said ICC coach Mike Sullivan. “The girls have really stepped up their play in the second half of the season and hopefully that will carry over into the playoffs next week.”
ICC goalkeeper Paige Zahller, a sophomore from New Albany, recorded her third shutout of the season. Jessee Mims, a freshman from Columbus, had two assists.
After a scoreless first half, Raines turned the tide early in second half at the 47th minute and put the game out of reach in the 81st minute.
The Lady Indians now control their own destiny when they host Hinds next Wednesday in Fulton. ICC, which lost at Hinds 5-1 in September, will have to win by five or more goals to claim the North Division championship.
In the men’s match, Will Goodwin scored two goals in a 2-1 double overtime victory for the Indians (6-8-2, 3-4-0).
“The guys fought hard and never gave up even when the breaks weren’t going their way,” said Sullivan. “We’ve hit some rough patches this season, but I’ve been proud of the way they’ve battled every match.”
Collin Burchfield, a sophomore from Pontotoc, set Goodwin up for his first goal with an assist in 80th minute before Hil Fradenburg got the assist on the game-winning goal in the 104th minute of the match.
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