MADISON – Tupelo’s Lady Wave, missing four starters and starting six freshmen, dropped a 2-0 decision Friday to Madison Central in a clash of Class 6A high school soccer giants.
The homestanding Lady Jaguars (15-2-2), ranked No. 3 in the state, produced plenty of first-half firepower on this bitter cold evening. They fired 12 shots to Tupelo’s two and took a 1-0 halftime lead.
McKenzie Adams scored the goal in the second minute off a rebound shot by Sarah Daniels.
“We wanted to come out hard at home,” Madison Central coach Cecil Hinds said. “We wanted to come out of the blocks fast.”
No. 2-ranked Tupelo (12-2), which is missing starters Katie Taylor, Abbie Banko, Hannah Ellis and Liza Wise, struggled to get anything going offensively in the opening 40 minutes.
“They outhustled us in the first half,” Tupelo coach Hannah Kimbrough said. “They wanted it more. I thought we came out in the second half a lot more aggressive.”
The Lady Wave took eight shots in the second half and held Madison Central to three attempts. However, one of those shots found the goal to give the Lady Jaguars their winning margin.
Brecken Reeves recorded the goal with short shot into the left corner of the net in the 66th minute.
Madison Central keeper Rachel Ashworth stopped a cornerkick by Lauren Kate Carter in the 63rd minute, which made Hinds thrilled to see his team add the insurance goal moments later.
(B) Madison Central 2, Tupelo 1: Madison Central (16-0-2) scored two goals – one own-goal – in the final 16 minutes to earn a comeback win against Tupelo.
The No. 3-ranked Golden Wave (9-2-2), which lost a 5-4 division match to Hernando earlier in the week, gave a strong showing against the state’s top-ranked team.
“I’m proud of the way we played; we played hard,” Tupelo coach Harris Faucette said. “We had a couple of things not go our way.”
Tupelo took a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute on header by Kevin Armstrong following a corner kick by Logan Little. The Golden Wave missed an opportunity in the 33rd minute when Forrest Timmons just missed scoring on a penalty kick.
“That save on the penalty kick saved the game for us,” Madison Central’s Hinds said.