Golden Wave boys get in gear to win at their own tourney

TUPELO – After coming out flat against Corinth on Tuesday, the Tupelo High boys soccer team responded with two goals early in the first half and picked up one more in the second half to defeat DeSoto Central 3-0 in both teams’ first game of the Tupelo High Tournament at the Ballard Sportsplex.
Patrick McPherson, Taylor Nabors and Jay Jourdan each scored to give Tupelo its first win of the season. Keegan Todd recorded the only assist of the game.
The Golden Wave tied Corinth 2-2 on Tuesday night.
“Tuesday night we came out really flat against Corinth,” said Tupelo head coach Mark Enis. “Not to take anything away from Corinth. They (Corinth) got a solid club. They got 11 seniors, and they just played hard.
“We were very fortunate to come out with a tie on Tuesday night. But tonight (Friday), we came out and obviously jumped on them pretty early and hung on there towards the end.
“So I’m very proud of our guys effort tonight.”

(G) Tupelo 6, DeSoto Central 0
Georgia Russell had a hat trick and two assists to lead the Lady Wave (2-0) over DeSoto Central.
Yuri Takano scored twice and Bryson Rial also scored a goal. Rial, Sarah Kay Millican and Smith Ann Chiles also had assists.

(G) Ridgeland 4, Pontotoc 0
Pontotoc head coach Marty Pettit is well aware of the speed the Jackson area teams possess.
On Friday, Ridgeland showcased that speed in front of the Lady Warriors as the Lady Titans cruised to a 4-0 win.
Carmen Bofill scored twice and Sloan Bancroft and Shannon Locke each added a goal for the Lady Titans (3-0), who haven’t been scored upon this season.
“When you play the Jackson area schools – the Ridgelands and those kind of people like tonight – they have exceptionally good speed,” Pettit said. “The score was 4-0, which is a blowout by soccer standards.”

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