Soccer teams ready to brave the elements

Friday night’s high school girls soccer game between North Pontotoc and New Albany will not be only a battle of young and inexperienced teams, but it will also be a battle of the elements.
Temperatures are expected to drop to below 15 degrees on Friday night.
“It’s (the game) still on as of right now,” North Pontotoc coach Joe Hunsucker said on the phone Wednesday afternoon.
The two teams, which feature underclassmen throughout their starting lineups, are scheduled to play a Division 1-4A match at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the New Albany Sportsplex.
The Vikings and Bulldogs boys teams are set to do the same at 7 p.m.
“The only reason we’ll cancel is if travel conditions get too bad, not if temperatures get too low,” said New Albany boys coach Taylor Nichols.
But, said New Albany girls coach Les Huntington, the decision to not play the game Friday could wind up in the hands of North Pontotoc.
“We’re debating it right now,” Huntington said Wednesday. “I guess it’s up to North Pontotoc to call it off.
“As of this moment, it’s still on.”
With temperatures hovering around 15 degrees Tuesday night, the New Albany High boys soccer team worked double overtime before pulling out a 1-0 home win over division rival Pontotoc.
“I tell you, if the boys hadn’t won that game I would have felt colder,” said Huntington, who stuck around for the boys game. “Two minutes from the end of the second overtime period was when we managed to put the ball in that net.”
He has Bulldogs player Gabriel Fernandez to thank for ending the boys game.
Other soccer matches slated for Friday are: Kosciusko at Amory; Mooreville at Corinth; Tishomingo County at Pontotoc; and Alcorn Central at South Pontotoc.
MSMS is scheduled to play at Aberdeen today, but that game could very well be postponed due to the wintry mix expected to hit Northeast Mississippi this morning.

Contact John Wilbert at 678-1572 or john.wilbert@djournal.com

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