PCA finishes first half of soccer season with loss to Bayou

Published 8:00 am Friday, December 15, 2017

Porter’s Chapel Academy finished the first half of its soccer season the same way it went through the rest of it — with a decent effort, but not the result it wanted.

The Eagles led for nearly 40 minutes Thursday against Bayou Academy, then gave up two goals in the last 20 and lost 3-2.

“We just can’t get all the pieces and parts to work at the same time. We have moments of great play, and then we have moments of poor play,” PCA coach Davis Case said. “I saw some great combinations tonight, and things that we’re doing in practice are starting to transfer to the field. It’s a super young team that’s still trying to find their legs, and I pray for a good second half.”

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It was the last game of 2017 for PCA (1-5). It won’t play again until Jan. 5 at home against Laurel Christian.

“I think they need at least a week to clear their head and get back focused,” Case said.

PCA and Bayou (4-4-2) traded goals in the opening minutes, with Jagger Weekly scoring for the Eagles and Zach Barchman for Bayou.

Cameron Harvey found the net midway through the first half to give PCA a 2-1 lead, and it held until the 64th minute of the second half.

That was when Patrick Hayes Brachmuchi tapped in a deflection following a scrum in front of the net to tie the game at 2.

In the 75th minute, J.T. Agguzzi headed a deflected corner kick past PCA keeper Ethan Powell to give the Colts a 3-2 lead.

PCA had nearly 20 shots on goal in the game, including more than a dozen in the second half, but couldn’t slip one past Bayou keeper Larson Ingram. Its last gasp came at the final whistle, when Harvey launched a 40-yard shot that sailed over the top of the goal.

About Ernest Bowker

Ernest Bowker is The Vicksburg Post's sports editor. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post's sports staff since 1998, making him one of the longest-tenured reporters in the paper's 140-year history. The New Jersey native is a graduate of LSU. In his career, he has won more than 50 awards from the Mississippi Press Association and Associated Press for his coverage of local sports in Vicksburg.

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