Lady Vikes wrap up Region 2-6A soccer championship

Published 11:08 pm Thursday, February 1, 2024

Warren Central’s second bite at the region championship apple was mighty sweet.

Gloria Hall scored two goals and assisted on another, and five other players had one goal each, as Warren Central routed Columbus 7-0 on Thursday to clinch the MHSAA Region 2-6A girls soccer championship.

The Lady Vikes (14-5, 7-1 Region 2-6A) missed a chance to clinch when they lost in overtime to Ridgeland earlier in the week, but not again. In addition to Hall’s two goals, Melissa Herrle, Addi Keller, Jordan Polk, Mary Clell Allred and Evella Fairley each netted a goal.

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Polk also had one assist.

Warren Central won its first region title since 2019 and will host Grenada (11-9), the No. 4 seed from Region 1-6A, in a first-round Class 6A playoff game Tuesday at 5 p.m. It will be part of a playoff doubleheader, with WC’s boys’ team hosting Lake Cormorant at 7 p.m.

Both Warren Central teams will have home field advantage in the playoffs for as long as they last.

Warren Central 2, Columbus 0
Warren Central’s boys’ team finished the regular season with a shutout victory over Columbus on Thursday.

Jacob Porter and Charlie Esparza scored goals, and Jonah Artman had one assist. The Vikings outshot Columbus 28-8, and Columbus only put three shots on goal. WC keeper Colby Solomon made three saves.

The Vikings (14-4-1, 8-0 Region 2-6A) had already clinched the Region 2-6A championship by beating Ridgeland in an overtime shootout earlier in the week. It will head into the postseason as a region champion for the first time since 2018.