The Stone High School girls’ soccer team earned a pair of victories in last weekend’s I-10/I-20 Blast, held at the Gulfport Sportsplex.

The Lady ’Cats defeated St. Patrick 2-1 and Bay High 1-0.

Caroline Batson and Arnesha Fairley scored against St. Patrick while Mary Grace Batson tallied the lone goal versus Bay.

Leah Capiola earned the shutout in goal.

Coach Carissa Harrison said her players may have enjoyed the holiday break a little too much.

“I’m happy to get the wins,” she said. “But they need to get back in shape.”

She said there would be a good deal of running and other conditioning going on in the near future.

“We did okay for a holiday tournament, but if we want to make the playoffs we’re going to have to do better,” she said.

The Lady ’Cats are now 10-2-1 overall and 4-0 in Region 7-4A.


The boys’ team suffered its first losses of the season after opening 12-0 to set a school consecutive-win record.

The Tomcats fell, 4-0, to 6-A powerhouse Ocean Springs in the early game Saturday and 2-1 to Clarksdale in the afternoon match.

“I think our guys gave [Ocean Springs] a little too much credit,” coach Patrick Harrison said. “We backed out of a couple challenges and gave them too much space.”

Harrison said he thought is was a good thing for his team to face that kind of adversity in anticipation of the full-blown Region 7-4A schedule.

“Going on a run can get to your head and maybe make you complacent,” he said. “I asked for the best teams when we scheduled the tournament and we got them.”

Clint Ryals scored the Tomcats’ only goal of the day on a free kick in the second half of the loss to Clarksdale.


Both theams were scheduled to return to action Tuesday at Petal and resume regional play Thursday when they host Greene County.

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