PERKINSTON — A short-handed Mississippi Gulf Coast women's soccer team battled MACJC South-leader Jones County tough but ran out of gas late, losing 2-0 at the MGCCC Soccer Complex.
A pair of goals midway through the second half sent Gulf Coast to 3-4-1 overall, 1-3-1 South.
"Only having one sub took its toll in the last 30 minutes of the game. But this is probably the first time I've seen our team work hard for 90 minutes, so that's a positive to take from the game. I thought it gave us a fighting chance."
The Lady Bobcats improved to 6-1-1, 4-0-1. Gulf Coast remains in third in the division standings.
The Lady Bulldogs were playing with Bailey LaFontaine (Fr., Pearl/Pearl), a defender, at keeper because of injuries to three others. That shortened their bench to only a pair of substitutes.
Gulf Coast was able to generate several good scoring chances, with Sophie Salley (Fr., Stone/Wiggins) forcing a tough save on a rising second-half shot being the best.
"We knew we were going to have to sit in and play a lot of defense and hit them on the counter," Rhodes said, "and I really thought we had some good chances."
Gulf Coast returns to action Friday with the last road division game of the year at Pearl River. The game starts at 5 p.m. in Poplarville.
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