Vicksburg soccer knocked off by Neshoba Central

Published 12:37 pm Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Neshoba Central brought some bad tidings to Vicksburg High’s holiday soccer season.

Neshoba Central scored four unanswered goals to beat Vicksburg 4-1 in the girls’ half of Tuesday’s MHSAA Region 2-6A doubleheader, then blitzed the Gators in the boys’ game for a 7-0 victory.

Madelyn Collins had two goals for Neshoba Central (8-6, 3-0 Region 2-6A) in the girls’ game, while Halle Faith Copeland had a goal and an assist.

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Vicksburg’s goal came early in the first half, when an own goal was credited to Trinity McGloster. Neshoba answered with three goals in the first half and another in the second to take the win.

The Missy Gators (5-6, 2-2) had a three-game winning streak snapped.

“We’ve still got a shot at district, but it’s going to be an uphill battle,” Vicksburg coach Maurice Gilliam said.

In the boys’ game, Neshoba Central eased out to a 2-0 lead at halftime and then scored five goals in the first 20 minutes of the second half to secure the mercy-rule shortened victory.

On Thursday, Vicksburg will play a special exhibition game against Porter’s Chapel Academy at 5:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. PCA’s team is co-ed, so Gilliam said he will also mix his boys and girls teams. The game will not count toward Vicksburg’s season record.

After that, the Gators and Missy Gators won’t play again until Jan. 9 at Ridgeland.