Special to the Journal
TUPELO – The Tupelo Golden Wave got back to their winning ways as they topped off their senior night with a substantial 5-1 win over Pontotoc.
The Wave scored early when junior Zach Ellis served sophomore teammate Logan Little, who put the ball in the net at the 16:40 mark of the first half. Senior K.J. Wright, Ellis, and junior Marquis Rivera added their own goals in the first half.
“This win is big for us especially coming off our last two games. We played really well tonight,” said Golden Wave coach Harrison Faucette.
Tupelo was coming off consecutive losses – 2-1 to Madison Central and 5-4 to Hernando. Prior to that, the Golden Wave were ranked as high as No. 5 in the country by MaxPreps.
“Tonight’s win is starting momentum for us, and I think as this momentum builds up it will carry us through the playoffs,” said junior defender Bryce Hunt. “I think we will succeed in our goals in the playoffs to make and win the state championship.”
The Golden Wave can clinch the No. 1 seed in Division 2-6A with a win Thursday night against division rival Grenada.
(G) Tupelo 1, Pontotoc 0: The Lady Wave and Lady Warriors were tied at nil for most of the game, until Junior midfielder Lauren Losordo knocked in the Lady Wave’s lone goal on a cross from freshman Lexi Pund with 11:53 left to propel her team to the win.
“Lexi did a good job of getting me the ball late in the game when we needed a goal, so I just took the shot and it went in,” said Losordo of her third goal of the year.
The Lady Wave, unbeaten in their division and second in the state, have clinched the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.