Michael Allizzo just had a knack for goal scoring. Regardless of the stakes at play or the situation, former Pearl River men’s soccer coach Paul Martin could always count on the eventual NJCAA All-American during the 2012 and ’13 seasons.
Pearl River took the attack to visiting Gulf Coast on Friday, topping the Bulldogs 6-0 at the PRCC Sports Complex. With the win, Pearl River (8-0-1 overall; 6-0 MACJC South) swept MGCCC (8-5; 2-4) on the season series.
Pearl River freshmen Shande James (Trench Town, Jamaica; Clarendon College) and Isabella Thoennes (Kiln; Hancock) are the latest Forrest Health Wildcats of the Week. Thoennes is the first volleyball standout to win the honor. James joins Miguel Hernandez (Gulfport), John Bowman (Bay St. Louis; Bay) and Taja Brown (Water House, Jamaica; Clarendon College) as men’s soccer players who have been selected.
Pearl River freshman Miguel Hernandez (Gulfport) picked up another honor Tuesday when he was named the MACJC Player of the Week. The award comes one day after Hernandez was named the Forrest Health Wildcat of the Week.
For the second week in a row Pearl River’s soccer programs have produced the Forrest Health Wildcats of the Week as Paige Horsnell (London; England) and Miguel Hernandez (Gulfport) have picked up the latest honors.
Pearl River scored early Tuesday night against visiting East Central but didn’t score again until the final minute of the first half. The Wildcats ramped their attack up a notch in the second half, eventually routing ECCC 6-0.
A year ago, Southwest seemed to have the number of Pearl River’s men’s soccer team. The Wildcats got a measure of redemption Tuesday, although it wasn’t easy. PRCC built an early lead but had to hold on late, besting the visiting Bears 6-2 at the PRCC Sports Complex.
Newcomer Caleb Burke (Ocean Springs) scored a late tally and freshman keeper John Bowman (Bay St. Louis; Bay) stood on his head in goal to help the Wildcats secure a 1-0 victory over visiting Meridian on Friday at the PRCC Soccer Complex.
In a lot of ways last season was one to remember for Pearl River’s men’s soccer program. Fresh off the MACJC Championship in 2017, the Wildcats won their first seven matches and eventually climbed into the United Soccer Coaches national rankings for the first time in program history. But PRCC came up just short of repeating as State Champs, a fact that has motivated many of the returning Wildcats.