Mississippi Gulf Coast picked up its first women's soccer victory of the year Tuesday thanks to a pair of goals from Hannah Helms, winning 3-1.
"It's getting better every game," Gulf Coast coach Jackie Rhodes said. "We're taking a step forward each time we step on the field, so hopefully we're moving in the right direction."
Helms (So., Southaven/Southaven) scored in the seventh minute to put the Bulldogs (1-4-1/1-2-1 MACJC South) out in front. She knocked in a Paris Payne (So., Southampton Foundation/Southampton, England) corner.
Meridian (1-4-1/0-3) tied it before halftime, but Gulf Coast pounced on the Eagles following the second-half heat timeout. Mariah Beckom (So., Columbus/Columbus) won a ball just outside the Meridian 18-yard box, and Helms ran on to it and gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 advantage in the 72nd minute.
"We've put her in more of an attacking role to give us a chance to score some goals," Rhodes said. "Right now, that's really working for us. Hopefully, that will be something that's permanent."
Just three minutes later, Beckom picked the Meridian keeper's pocket and got the final goal.
"Mariah is a sophomore who has worked hard every single time she steps on the field in practice or a game," Rhodes said. "It was really rewarding to see her go out there and work and have some success, get that goal and assist tonight. It was fun to watch."
Gulf Coast returns to action Saturday with the first of two games in the very northern part of the state. The Bulldogs kick off at Itawamba at 1 p.m. in Fulton before traveling to Senatobia the next day to play Northwest.
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