PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast can clinch a spot in the MACJC women's soccer playoffs with a win over Meridian on Friday.
The Lady Bulldogs (5-5-2, 2-3-2 MACJC South) trounced the Lady Eagles (2-9, 1-5) in their September meeting in Meridian.
"I think we caught them off guard the first game," Gulf Coast coach Jackie Rhodes said. "I don't anticipate it being a 5-0 game Friday. We're pushing for the playoffs, and that's the mentality we're going in with."
Friday's game kicks off at 5 p.m. and will be streamed online at https://livestream.com/BulldogLIVE/events/7791184.
The Lady Bulldogs are in third place in the division, five points ahead of Southwest and Meridian. Those two teams play each other to close out the season Tuesday, which means one of them could jump into that last playoff spot in front of MGCCC.
The top three teams from each division qualify for the postseason, with the top seeds getting byes to the semifinals. The North No. 2 hosts the South No. 3 in the quarterfinals Oct. 24, and vice versa.
The Lady Bulldogs don't figure to have Kaitlyn Harwell (Fr., Stone/Wiggins) who had a hat trick in the teams' first meeting. She's out with an injury.
Rhodes and her staff are working to keep complacency from being a factor.
"There's a concern of that with any team," she said, "but we're just trying to make sure the mentality is there for how important this game is."
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