MHSAA State Championship Soccer Capsules

By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal

Class 4A Boys
Teams: Corinth (17-2-2) vs. Bay (15-7-1)
Game time: 11:30 a.m.
Playoff Road: Corinth beat Cleveland 5-0, Florence 3-2, Pontotoc 3-2.
Bay High beat Lawrence County 5-0, Newton County 3-2, Northeast Jones 6-2.
THE BUZZ: F John Mathis, the Journal’s 2010 Player of the Year, leads Corinth with 32 goals. … MF Josh Trest has 11 goals, 19 assists. … F Michael Stringer scored 4 goals for Bay against NE Jones. … Corinth won the 1A-2A-3A state title in 2010.

Class 5A Boys
Teams: Starkville (14-4) vs. Pascagoula (20-4-1)
Game time: 3:30 p.m.
Playoff Road: Starkville beat Center Hill 3-0, Ridgeland 2-0, Hernando 3-1.
Pascagoula beat Stone County 6-0, Pearl 1-0, West Harrison 4-2.
THE BUZZ: Six seniors start for Starkville, including F Price Day, who scored two goals in win agaist Hernando. … This marks the Yellowjackets’ first trip to the state finals. … Pascagoula lost to Tupelo in the 2004 title match. … F Landry Loften scored 2 goals in Goula’s win over West Harrison.

Class 6A Girls
Teams: Tupelo (22-0) vs. Brandon (19-2-3)
Game time: 5:30 p.m.
Playoff Road: Tupelo beat Northwest Rankin 4-2, Clinton 5-0, Madison Central 1-0.
Brandon beat Harrison Central 10-0, Ocean Springs 1-0, Gulfport 1-0.
THE BUZZ: Tupelo defeated Brandon in 2006 for the state championship. … This is the Wave’s first trip to the finals since 2007, when they lost to Oak Grove. … F Charde Hannah 21 goals, F Erin Tucker 14, Katie Taylor 13, Abby Phillips 12 lead Wave in scoring. … F Hannah Bailey scored 4 goals for Brandon against Harrison Central.
Gene Phelps