Lady Cougars aren’t slowing down

soccer_ball_clip_art_13012By Jonathan Wise

Pontotoc Progress

PONTOTOC – The South Pontotoc girls soccer offense continues to roll.

After pouring in 12 goals in a rout of Strayhorn earlier in the week, the Lady Cougars (17-2-2) turned in another dominant performance against McLaurin, thumping the Lady Tigers to 7-0 in a 1A-2A-3A quarterfinal game on Saturday afternoon.

“I told them we needed to start coming out of the box faster and play more aggressive, and they did that,” said coach Horace Kitchens.

South Pontotoc visits Mooreville on Tuesday in a state semifinal game.

Northwest signee Tristan Kitchens led the way with 3 goals, with two coming in the first half. Goals by freshman sweeper Kelli Carter and senior defender Anna Lea Munn helped South establish a commanding 4-0 halftime lead.

Junior midfielder Mattie Mills opened the second half with a netter in the 62nd minute, and Kitchens tabbed her final goal in the 66th minute off an assist from Judith Mills, who found the back of the net with 20 minutes to play.

(B) Forest 4, South Pontotoc 1: The visiting Bearcats (13-5) used a strong second half to win.

South forward Manuel Almazan and Forest’s Anthony Yang notched early goals in a 1-1 halftime game, but second half goals from Alexander Leon, Darrell Soto and Aaron Gutierrez allowed the visitors to pull away.

The high-scoring Cougars (18-4-1) took seven shots.

jonathan.wise@journalinc.com