Both the Stone High boys’ and girls’ soccer teams took decisive victories over Purvis last week to remain undefeated at 6-0 in Region 7-4A action.
Clint Ryals had a hat trick and assisted on another goal while Derek Spiers scored twice and assisted on two other goals as the Tomcats shut out the Tornadoes, 9-0.
Jonathan Burn, Carson Strickland, Lawson Pearson and Russ Cain also scored for Stone.
“I have to give huge credit to the Purvis coach,” coach Pat Harrison said. “He’s trying to do things the right way.”
Harrison said it takes time for a team to build technical proficiency and the Tornadoes are working toward that.
The Tomcats also defeated Pass Christian 2-1 on goals by Ryals and Spiers and an assist by Kase Krohn.
“We did what it takes to win,” Harrison said. “We’re getting closer to the playoffs and it’s not about how pretty it is, it’s about how effective it is.”
The Tomcats were not so effective in a 2-0 shutout loss to Gulfport Saturday.
Harrison credited that to the defense the Admirals play.
“We like to press and get in your face and they just kick it out of their defensive end so it doesn’t provide many opportunities for the style we play,” he said. “Credit that to them, they did what they needed to do.”
The loss brought the Tomcats’ record to 17-3 overall.
The Lady ’Cats also shut out Purvis, 7-0.
Brianna Lee registered a hat trick while Kendall Burn added a pair of goals.
Mary Grace Batson scored once and assisted on two goals Caroline Batson scored once.
Ava Vetter, Lainey Cunningham and Morgfan Pickering all notched assists for Stone as the Lady ’Cats improved to 14-3-2 overall.
“Our players were phenomenal,” said coach Carissa Harrison. “They played that game the way we’ve been training to play all year.”
Mary Grace Batson scored on an assist from Burn as the Lady ’Cats played Pass Christian to a 1-1 tie.
The Lady ’Cats also fell victim to Gulfport Saturday, losing 4-1.
Harrison was not terribly bothered by the loss, seeing it as a learning experience for her charges.
“Gulfport is a very good club,” she said. “They usually stay at the top of their district and at the top of the rankings.”
She would, however, have liked to see a little more fight.
“When they got scored on for the second time, everybody kind of hung their heads and got frustrated,” she said. “We need to learn to play through that kind of adversity, so I think it was a lesson learned.”
Morgan Pickering scored Stone’s only goal against the Lady Admirals.
The Stone teams were scheduled to celebrate senior night Tuesday when Poplarville visits.
Both of the games should decide the Region 7-4A title.
With the playoffs near, Pat Harrison said Stone was approaching every game as a must-win scenario.
“We need that mentality right now,” he said.
Stone finishes the regular season at Forrest County AHS Friday.