Lady Vikes fall to Florence

Published 10:31 am Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Warren Central and Florence held each other scoreless in the first half Tuesday, but Florence scored three times in the second and beat the Lady Vikes 3-0.

Macey Spencer and Taylor Ford scored goals for Florence (11-9-2).

Warren Central (7-7-1) will host Ridgeland on Friday before heading into the first round of the Class 6A playoffs on the road against Tupelo (10-3) next Tuesday. The playoff opener will be a challenge, especially for a young team, but Madison is hoping the Lady Vikes can steal a win.

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“We’re just trying to get ready for the playoffs and it looks like we may end up going to Tupelo to play them,” Lady Vikes coach Jay Madison said. “We’re really trying to make sure we defend well as a team because that’s going to be a pretty good challenge.”

Tuesday’s loss came on senior night and was an emotional one for the class of 2016, which has played for four coaches and is finally getting some stability with Madison at the helm.

“It’s a group that’s been through a lot. It’s hard to kind of get an identity to a program. They’ve come out and worked all year long and I’m kind of proud of them,” Madison said. “(The seniors) and the eighth-graders are setting the foundation for the program as it goes forward.”

Senior Macy Claire Joseph is excited about the season and felt her team played well even if the score didn’t reflect it.

“I enjoyed it. Playing soccer is one of my favorite things,” Joseph said. “These last couple of years I’ve had many different coaches but I’ve enjoyed my senior year. We want to win games now and we had a better season.”

(B) Warren Central 4, Florence 1

Warren Central trailed 1-0 at halftime, but stormed back with four goals in the second half — three of them by Braylen Greer —to rout Florence (7-10-5).

Greer scored two unassisted goals in the 43rd and the 45th minutes to give the Vikings (14-3-1) the lead. Greer took a free kick 10 minutes later, which deflected off the defensive wall, hit the post and fell into the net to bring the score to 3-1.

Nick Wright scored the Vikings’ final goal off an assist from John Austin Burris.

After playing Ridgeland on Friday night, the Vikings will open the Class 6A playoffs on the road next Tuesday at Tupelo.

(G) Ridgeland 2, Vicksburg 0

Ridgeland scored a goal in each half and went on to beat Vicksburg to clinch the Division 4-5A championship.

“We played a solid game, just did not get many offensive opportunities,” Vicksburg coach Haley Ainsworth said.

The Missy Gators will open the Class 5A playoffs on the road next Tuesday against the Division 2-5A champion — either Oxford or Saltillo.

(B) Ridgeland 9, Vicksburg 1

Mohammed Ibrahim scored three goals and assisted on two more as Ridgeland (11-6, 2-0 Division 4-5A) beat Vicksburg (1-8-3, 0-2) for the second time in a week.

Rashad Fisher scored Vicksburg’s only goal, off an assist from Chance Williams in the first half.

Henry Salamanca had two goals and an assist for Ridgeland. Austin Bunch had one goal and two assists, and three other players scored a goal.

Vicksburg will play at Oxford in the first round of the playoffs next Tuesday.