Tomcats set victory record

The members of the Stone High School boys’ soccer team assured themselves of a little piece of history last week.

With victories over Greene County and Purvis, the Tomcats tied and then broke the record for consecutive wins by a Stone team.

A 7-0 shutout victory over Purvis tied the record at 11 games, set by the 2015-16 Class 5-A state championship squad.

A 3-2 come-from-behind overtime defeat of Greene County set the new mark at 12 games.

“We were down 1-0 and tied it and then we were down 2-1 and tied it,” said coach Patrick Harrison. “Brennan Maulden scored on a corner kick in the first 10-minute half of overtime and we were able to make it hold up.”

Carson Strickland and Clint Ryals also scored for the Tomcats as all their scores were unassisted, coming on set plays.

Stone has outscored the competition 39-5 during the win streak and Greene County was the first team to score multiple goals against the Tomcats, who improved to 4-0 in Region 7-4A.

Kase Krohn registered a hat trick in the Purvis game while Luke Eads tallied twice and Jonathan Burn and Maulden each scored once.

Off for the holidays, the Tomcats return to action Jan. 4 when they take on Ocean Springs and Clarkdale in the I-10/I-20 Blast tournament.

GIRLS

The Lady ’Cats improved to 8-2-1 overall and 4-0 in Region 7-4A with their own exciting 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Greene County.

They also trailed by a goal twice and fought back to see a dramatic finish.

Greene County thought it had won the game with a late goal, but the officials disallowed the goal because of a foul and Stone drove the field and scored on literally the last kick of the game.

“It was a crazy one minute of soccer,” Harrison said. “A lot of the girls were feeling sick and recovering from the flu, but they pushed through.”

Morgan Pickering, Mary Grace Batson and Brianna Lee all scored for the Lady ’Cats.

Batson had a hat trick in a 7-0 shutout of Purvis while Kendall Burn and Lee each scored twice and Lainey Cunningham assisted on three goals.

Harrison credited Alexis Conard and Torrance Rouchon with exceptional performances in the victory over Purvis.

Following the Christmas break, the Lady ’Cats return to action Jan. 7 at Petal.

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