Mississippi Gulf Coast survived a depleted pool of keepers Thursday and defeated Hinds 2-1.
The Lady Bulldogs, playing their fourth choice in goal, evened up their record at 4-4-1. They laid a barrage on the Lady Eagles goal, putting up 33 shots. They got 18 on goal.
"We played pretty good," Gulf Coast coach Jackie Rhodes said. "It was just one of those frustrating games where you do all the right things, but when you get in the final third, you can't finish."
The Lady Bulldogs begin the second half of South Division play Tuesday when Jones County visits the MGCCC Soccer Complex. The game starts at 5 p.m., and they'll play three of those games down the stretch at home.
Hinds falls to 0-7.
Sarah Shepherd (So., Germantown/Germantown, Tenn.), normally a defender, started the game in goal, but an injury sustained in warm-ups forced her out in the early minutes. Bailey LaFontaine (Fr., Pearl/Pearl), also a defender, stepped in and played the rest of the way.
Gulf Coast's two normal keepers were out with injuries of their own.
Hinds scored in the 85th minute, but it was a shot no Gulf Coast keeper would have stopped.
"We played well. We really did," Rhodes said. "We just can't finish. It's been a problem all year. We just have to get it fixed before the second round."
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