VICKSBURG, Miss. — The Pearl River Wildcats started the Henrik Madsen era off with a bang Monday night when they powered past Hinds 2-1.
"I thought the girls played really well tonight,"said Madsen, who was coaching his first game after taking over the program from long-time coach Jack Byrd. "I thought we created a whole bunch of chances where we could have scored. We just didn't finish well a lot."
The Wildcats (1-0 overall, 1-0 MACJC) scored their first goal of the season thanks to both precise passing and pursuit to the ball.
PRCC almost took the lead into the half before a costly error allowed Hinds (0-2) to cash in on a penalty kick tying the game 1-1.
It did not take the Wildcats long to regain the lead.
Maddie Beats (Long Beach) picked up a quick goal in the second half to give the Wildcats a 2-1 lead that they didn't relinquish, holding on for the win.
Even with the win, Madsen felt that early season nerves may have hindered his team's performance to an extent.
"I think this was the first game where we were able to create a lot of chances, we just need to capitalize better," Madsen said. "As long as we keep creating chances I think we will be in good shape."
The Wildcats will look to start the season 2-0 Wednesday night when they travel a state over to take on LSU-Eunice at 4 p.m.
PRCC will follow that up by hosting Meridian in their home opener on Friday at 5 p.m.
HOW TO TUNE IN
All home events will be broadcast on PRCCAthletics.comand PRCCMedia.com. Anyone who has an Amazon Fire or Roku device can stream PRCC broadcasts by downloading the "Pearl River CC" Channel from the app store.