RAYMOND --- Ray Wesson drilled a goal midway in the second half here Sunday to propel the Pearl River Community College Wildcats to a 1-0 victory over Hinds and a repeat as MACJC-Region 23 champions.
            Wesson, a freshman forward out of Gulfport High, scored the men’s title bout’s only goal 28 minutes into the second half off an assist by his former prep teammate Austin Douglas.
            The South division champ Wildcats trimmed Jones County 2-1 in Saturday’s semi-finals.
            PRCC’s Lady Wildcats failed to defend their state-regional title after Jones County’s Lady Bobcats pulled off a 5-0 shutout victory in the women’s championship game to open Sunday’s play. The River’s women ended their season at 14-3 overall, while JCJC improved to 17-1 with its only loss thus far into the 2013 season coming from the hands of home-standing PRCC Oct. 8 with a 1-0 victory.
            The Wildcats improved to 13-1, while the host Eagles are now 7-8-4. Both teams will play a district game this weekend against two yet-to-be-decided Texas teams. Pearl River’s game is set for Friday (time to be announced) in Wildcat Stadium in Poplarville, while Hinds will travel to a Texas site.
            PRCC’s men, who drew a quarter-final bye in lieu of its South Division championship, defeated Jones County 2-1 in Saturday’s semi-finals to nab its title bout berth, while it women nipped Meridian 1-0 in its semi-final appearance.
            The Wildcats’ fourth-year head coach Paul Martin lauded his team’s effort.
            “We showed our mettle in this one,” he said. “After things were scoreless at the half, it could’ve gone either way. I couldn’t be happier for my guys and the school. We’ll be looking at a very tough opponent come next weekend and it’s going to take a solid offensive and defensive effort on our part to come out on top.”
            In the Wildcats’ semi-final win, Dyllon Beasley of Presbyterian Christian High and Mike Allizzo of Ocean Springs High scored goals, while Dillon Ladner of East Central High had assists. Cole Smith scored JCJC’s goal.
            In the women’s championship game, goals by Kelsey Cochran in the 36th and 43rd minutes of the first half (one on a free kick) put the Lady Bobcats up 2-0 at the intermission, while Lindy Tabor followed with back-to-back goals at the 75th and 81st minute marks in the second half to make it 4-0. Anna Mills scored the game’s final goal off a penalty kick with just under four minutes left. Cochran also had an assist for Jones County.
            In PRCC’s women’s semi-final contest, Christina Gentry of Horn Lake High scored the game’s only goal off an assist by Karly Mitchell of Poplarville High in the first half.
            The Lady Wildcats shut out Northwest Mississippi 5-0 in their quarter-final contest Tuesday.
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Championship Round
Nov. 3, 2013 @ Hinds CC in Raymond
Jones County 5, Pearl River 0
Halftime: 2-0 (JCJC)
Jones County (17-1): Kelsey Cochran 2, Lindy Tabor 2, Anna Mills 1. Assist: Kelsey Cochran 1.
Pearl River (14-3): None.
Pearl River 1, Hinds 0
Halftime: 0-0 (Tie)
Pearl River (13-1): Trey Wesson 1. Assist: Austin Douglas 1.
Hinds (7-8-4): None.
NOTE: PRCC's men repeat as MACJC-Region 23 champs, PRCC's women were the 2012 MACJC-Region 23 champions.
Semi-Final Route Nov. 2, 2013 @ Hinds CC in Raymond, MS
Pearl River 1, Hinds 0
Pearl River (14-2): Christina Gentry 1. Assist: Karly Mitchell 1.
Hinds (6-9-2): None.
Pearl River 2, Jones County 1
Jones County (12-4-1): Cole Smith.
Pearl River (12-3): Mike Allizzo 1, Dyllon Beasley 1. 1. Assists: Dillon Ladner 2.
NOTE: Pearl River’s women and men are the reigning MACJC-Region 23 champions.

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