Madison Co. Soccer
Teams look toward tourney
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 12:00 PM
The 2013-2014 MHSAA Soccer Championship Tournament is off and running, and Madison County has more than one team in the hunt for a state title.
Germantown’s Tripp Case (left) tangles with Rigeland’s Brooks Italiano.
A handful of games were cancelled Tuesday night due to a winter storm that blanketed central and south Mississippi with snow, but Ridgeland's boys got off to a solid start with a 3-1 first-round defeat of Region 2-5A runner-up New Hope in Ridgeland.
Senior captain Somto Ngwudike scored early in the first half to give the Titans the early lead, and they never trailed. Junior midfielder Oscar Olguin scored late in the first half to put Ridgeland ahead 2-0 at halftime. After New Hope cut the lead to 2-1 with a quick goal to start the second half, the Titans put the game away late with a third goal from freshman Austin Bunch.
Titan sophomore Mohammed Ibrahim also recorded two assists.
"I thought we played very well," Ridgeland Coach Chase Douglas said. "They fought back in the second half, which you'd expect in a playoff game. They weren't ready to go home. For about 20 minutes there, we weathered the storm, but that third goal put it to bed."
Ridgeland will face the Saltillo Tigers, fresh off a 3-1 win over Lewisburg, in the second round. That game is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, but could be moved to Friday, Douglas said.
On the girls side, Germantown defeated Ridgeland 5-0 to end the Lady Titans season.
The Lady Mavs will travel to Olive Branch to face the Region 1-5A champion Saltillo Lady Patriots on Saturday.
Germantown's boys, who won Region 3-5A, were set to play Region 4-5A runner-up Vicksburg Tuesday before a winter storm blew through Vicksburg and forced school officials to postpone the match.
Germantown Athletic Director Tim Shramek said the teams would try to meet again Wednesday, but no score was available by press time. The winner of that match is set to play Region 1-5A champion Center Hill, which defeated Oxford 2-1 in the first round.
A hand full of other local teams were forced to postpone games as well. Region 3-6A champion Madison Central boys team, which was set to play Region 4-6A runner-up Warren Central. The winner of that game will face the winner of a game scheduled for Thursday between Hernando and Olive Branch.
The Madison Central Lady Tigers (18-2-2), who also clinched the Region 3-6A crown, were also scheduled to play host to Warren Central before the severe winter weather hit. They rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The winner will face the Grenada-DeSoto Central winner.
Both the St. Andrews boys and girls were also postponed. The boys, who clinched the Region 4 small school (Divisions 1A, 2A and 3A) title, have rescheduled a match against Region 6 runner-up Wesson. The Lady Saints, who were set to play Natchez-Cathedral. Whoever comes out on top in that one will face the Sacred Heart-Resurrection Catholic winner on Saturday.
The 2014 MHSAA State Soccer Championships are set for Feb. 7-8 at Clinton High School.
The MAIS soccer playoffs begin Monday, Feb. 17.