Lady Bulldogs shut out Southwest

Lady Bulldogs shut out Southwest

HARRISON COUNTY – Mississippi Gulf Coast didn't clinch a spot in the MACJC women's soccer playoffs Tuesday, but a 2-0 win over Southwest at West Harrison High School put the Lady Bulldogs in the driver's seat for it.


The Lady Bulldogs shook off a bumpy first half and got second-half goals from Jess Shepherd (So., Parrswood/Manchester, England) and Casey LaFontaine (So., Pass Christian/Pass Christian).


"First half was just super sloppy," Gulf Coast coach Jackie Rhodes said. "We couldn't really figure out our attack at all. Defense, we were OK. At halftime, we just told them how important the game was and that the first half wasn't good enough."


Gulf Coast (5-5-2, 2-3-2 South) can seal the third seed in the division Friday with a win over Meridian (1-5 South). The game will start at 5 p.m. at the MGCCC Soccer Complex.


Shepherd scored in the 57th minute on an assist from L.T. Massey (So., Oak Grove/Hattiesburg).


"The ball was a bit of the ping pong, and L.T. played it over the top," Shepherd said. "I beat the defender and beat the keeper 1-v-1."


The Lady Bears (4-7, 1-5) had an apparent tying goal waved off for offside in the 71st minute, and the Lady Bulldogs closed the game out with a goal with 1:55 left.


LaFontaine and Erin Longsden (So., Droylsden Academy/Manchester, England) were sprung behind the Southwest defense, and Longsden calmly passed to her left to beat the keeper for an easy goal.


"I wouldn't say it was our best soccer," Rhodes said, "but I'll take that win and keep pushing toward the playoffs."


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