Harrison leaves WC at Classic|[6/18/06]

Published 12:00 am Monday, June 19, 2006

RAYMOND – An offensive shootout highlighted the last official game of Jay Harrison’s coaching tenure at Warren Central at the Mississippi Association of Coaches All-Star Soccer Classic.

Bruce Snow’s goal off a rebound in the 74th minute lifted the South Blues to a 4-3 win over Harrison’s North Reds Saturday at Hinds Community College’s Joe Renfroe Stadium.

The combined seven goals tied the classic’s record for most in a game. For Harrison, the fireworks helped cap a great final week as the boys soccer coach at Warren Central. He takes over the boys program at Madison Central in July.

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&#8220It was a great time and to be around so many talented players made it an enjoyable experience,” Harrison said. &#8220It would’ve been great to have gotten that goal at the end. But that’s what happens a lot in soccer.

&#8220We had a team that had a lot of attackers and when it’s stopped, the opponent can get a counter attack off of it.”

That’s exactly what happened to the Reds. In the 60th minute, Jacob Lawrence of Madison St. Joe tied the game at 3-3 by knocking in a ball from the box following an assist by Lee Williamson of Pearl.

The goal gave the North momentum and it looked like it was about to retake the lead in the 72nd minute when Williamson had a clear shot at the goal. The shot was stopped, creating a counterattack by the South.

The first South shot bounded off the post but Snow, a Brandon product, was there for the putback and a go-ahead 4-3 goal for the Blues.

Clinton’s Ahmad Smith had one final chance in the waining minutes but his shot went wide and the South held on for the win.

Warren Central fullback Rusty Waites started for the North All-Stars and was on the field for a good half of the 80-minute time.

&#8220It was great. I met a lot of amazing people,” Waites said. &#8220I was glad to play for Coach Jay one more time.

Waites is headed to Mississippi State where he’ll study engineering and play intramural soccer.

(G) North 5, South 0.

Courtney Alexander’s hat-trick made for an enjoyable afternoon for the North All-Stars who had a decided advantage with 11 players having played on the same Mississippi United select team.

One of those was St. Aloysius graduate Andrea Harrison who will join Alexander and four other North All-Stars at Mississippi State in the fall.

&#8220Courtney is a great player and I can’t wait for us to start playing together at State,” Harrison said.

Madison Central coach Mike Curley was the benefactor in having so many of the North all-stars so familiar with one another.

&#8220We tried to make this a lot of fun for them,” Curley said. &#8220That’s why we played people in different positions. We had a keeper playing midfield and we moved Beverley (Simmons) up to forward.”

Simmons, Vicksburg High’s regular sweeper, spent most of her time playing up but did not score. Harrison had one shot on goal, a header in the second half, that was stopped.

Warren Central’s Mallory Wells stayed in her normal defensive fullback position, seeing time there in each half.

&#8220It was fun because I knew just about everybody,” Wells said.

Alexander scored two goals within the first 13 minutes and added another in the 57th minute to make it 4-0.