ELLISVILLE — Pearl River's men's soccer team scored in the final minutes of regulation Saturday to force a winner-take-all overtime frame against Southwest in the MACJC semifinals at Jones College. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, the Bears returned the favor, scoring with less than a second remaining on the clock in overtime to claim a 2-1 victory.
"We were up for the game," PRCC coach Drew Gallant said. "We had opportunities, we just couldn't put them away."
Southwest's Felipe Madero scored with just under 15 minutes remaining in regulation to push the Bears ahead 1-0. With about three minutes remaining, Joe Elliott (Leicester, England) sent a long free kick into the box. Daminik White (Kingston, Jamaica) fought through a crowd to knock the ball into the net.
"Dom was just Dom there," Gallant said. "He's bigger than everybody else and just headed it over the keeper."
Both teams played tough throughout overtime, but Marcus Connolly scored the decisive goal just ahead of the buzzer sounding.
Despite the late goal, Gallant credited Kobe Lie (Hattiesburg; North Forrest) for helping to keep PRCC in the match.
"Kobe had a great night. He made some really big saves," Gallant said. "We're going to miss him."
The season didn't end in celebration, Gallant's encouraged by the Wildcats' (11-4) season as a whole.
"We didn't win a second straight championship but it was a good season," he said. "It gives us a lot to build on."