RIDGELAND --- The South Division of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges made history here Saturday at Freedom Ridge Park by winning both the first-ever men’s and women’s All-Star soccer matches over the North Division.
The South women shutout the North 2-0, while the South men were 2-1 winners.
Jones County’s Kelsey Cochran got the scoring started for the South Division in the women’s match up in the 23rd minute when she banged in a goal off an assist from Meridian’s Taylor Hanes. Hanes ended the when she added a goal in the 41st minute, taking a rebound off a missed shot and booting it in to make the score 2-0.
Most Valuable Players were Danielle Craft of Mississippi Gulf Coast (South Division) and Alana Turner of East Central (North Division).
Pearl River’s Lady Wildcats were represented in the contest by Torri Ladd and Chelsea Parsons, both of Biloxi High, while Kaci Mixon of East Central High was unable to attend.
In the men’s game, MGCCC’s Taylor Stokes scored in the eighth minute off an assist from Jones County’s Jamarcus Ducksworth to put the South up 1-0. JCJC’s Kevin Ndongo scored in the 57th minute to give the South the 2-0 lead. The North scored in the 69th minute on a goal by Holmes’ James Oliver and an assist by Hinds’ Nathan Miley.
Most Valuable Players were Dyllon Beasley of Presbyterian Christian High, Dylan Garrett of Pearl River (South Division) and Gnande Zleh of Northwest Mississippi (North Division).
Other PRCC players in the contest included Jackson Harlan of George County High, Dillon Ladner of East Central High, and Jay Lang of Oak Grove High. Wildcats Mike Allizzo of Ocean Springs High and Austin Douglas of Gulfport High were also named All-Stars, but were unable to participate due to injuries.
Sponsors for the MACJC All-Star games were Holmes Community College, JucoWeekly.org, Mississippi National Guard, the City of Ridgeland and Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center.