Warren Central closes in on soccer playoff berths with two key Region 2-6A victories

Published 10:25 am Thursday, January 11, 2024

After one lap through MHSAA Region 2-6A, the Warren Central Lady Vikes are leading the field.

Rachel Opperman had a goal and an assist, while Gloria Hall and Jordan Polk scored one goal each, and Warren Central beat Neshoba Central 3-2 in a girls’ soccer match on Wednesday.

Keeper Hayleigh Simmons made five saves for the Lady Vikes (11-4, 4-0 Region 2-6A), who are undefeated at the halfway point of the region schedule.

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The Lady Vikes play each of the other four teams in Region 2-6A one more time, with three of those at home. They can clinch a playoff berth withone more victory or another loss by Columbus.

Warren Central 2, Neshoba Central 1
Jonah Artman and Jacob Porter each scored a goal, and Warren Central’s boys’ soccer team scratched out a key victory over Neshoba Central on Wednesday.

Artman scored in the 29th minute. Neshoba Central (5-6-2, 2-2 Region 2-6A) got the equalizer in the opening minute of the second half, but Porter scored off an assist from Laney Lewis in the 52nd minute to put the Vikings back in front.
WC’s defense Colby Solomon took it from there. Solomon made nine saves, including one in stoppage time.

Warren Central (10-4-1, 4-0) remained in first place in Region 2-6A after its first trip through the league. It will step out of the region for a road trip to Cleveland Central on Saturday at 11 a.m., and then finish the regular season with four region games beginning Jan. 16 at home vs. Ridgeland.