Stone soccer sets victory record

The Stone High School Lady ’Cats soccer team following their record-setting 13th victory of the season Monday.

The Stone High girls’ soccer team seta record for victories in a season with a 4-1 defeat of Harrison Central Monday.

Mary Grace Batson scored twice and assisted on another goal while Torrance Rouchon scored the game winner on a penalty kick as the Lady ’Cats recorded their 13th victory of the season, eclipsing the 12 games won by the 2013-14 squad.

Lainey Cunningham also scored while Caroline Batson recorded an assist.

Coach Carissa Harrison said she didn’t realize how much potential the team had when she took the reins last summer.

“When we began in the summer, I didn’t think of record setting, but as we progressed, I began to see how special this team could be,” she said.

The Lady ’Cats, 13-2-1 overall, also defeated regional rival Greene County 4-0 last Thursday to improve to 5-0 in Region 7-4A.

The Wildcats had taken Stone to overtime before the Lady ’Cats prevailed 3-2 when the teams last met on Dec. 19.

Alexis Conard, Brianna Lee, Morgan Pickering and Cunningham all scored in that game while Ava Strickland and Pickering each added assists.

Leah Capiola stopped three shots to earn the shutout.

Cunningham scored the lone goal on an assist from Kendall Burn as Stone took a 1-0 victory over Petal last Tuesday.

The Lady ’Cats have allowed just one goal over their past four games.

TOMCATS

The Tomcats began a new winning streak following a pair of losses in the I-10/I-20 Blast.

The team had set a school record for most consecutive victories by opening the season 12-0 before falling to Ocean Springs and Clarksdale.

Clint Ryals scored a pair of goals and Carson Strickland added another in a 3-1 victory over Harrison Central Monday. Strickland and Brycen Phillips tallied assists.

That followed 3-1 victories over both Greene County last Thursday and Petal last Tuesday.

Coach Patrick Harrison said his team had responded to the losses, but he wasn’t sure if he liked the new approach.

“I think we’re a little more gritty,” he said. “The offense is not as flowing or pretty as it had been. We seem to be playing more of a blue-collar style as opposed to white collar.”

He said the defense had sagged somewhat and that concerned him.

“We’ve allowed a goal in our last six games and defense is what will get you through the playoffs,” he said.

Jonathan Burn, Kase Krohn and Derek Spiers scored against the Wildcats while Burn, Ryals and Avery Liles recorded assists.

Brennan Maulden scored a pair of goals while Burn tallied once and Ryals had an assist in the victory over Petal.

UPCOMING

The teams were scheduled to host Pass Christian Tuesday, travel to Purvis on Friday and host Gulfport Saturday.

The Lady ‘Cats’ and Tomcats’ next regional victory will lock them into a playoff spot.

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