The East Central Community College Warriors gave undefeated Pearl River all they could handle before the Wildcats picked up a 6-4 win in soccer action Sunday, Sept. 16, at the ECCC Soccer Field on the campus in Decatur. The Pearl River women picked up a 1-0 win over the ECCC Lady Warriors in the first match of the day.
The non-division matches were originally scheduled to be played Sept. 19, but were moved up so Pearl River could make up games postponed due to Tropical Storm Gordon.
East Central freshman midfielder Sean Dixon out of Warren Central in Vicksburg got a hat trick to lead the Warriors. His first goal of the match gave the Warriors a 1-0 lead. He would add another goal in the first half, and his third for the hat trick in the second half. Freshman forward Braylen Greer, also out of Warren Central, assisted on Dixon's second goal. Sophomore midfielder Vitor Gomes (Fortaleza, Brazil) scored on a penalty kick for East Central in the second half.
The Warriors dropped to 2-5 with the loss. The Pearl River Wildcats are now a perfect 7-0 on the season. The Wildcats defeated East Central 10-2 in their first meeting of the season.
In the opening match of the afternoon, the Pearl River Lady Wildcats got a goal six minutes into the opening period and were able to hold on for the 1-0 win. With the loss, the Lady Warriors fell to 2-6 on the year. The Lady Wildcats, who defeated East Central 1-0 on Aug. 28 in Poplarville, are 3-4.
The Lady Warriors and Warriors return to MACJC North Division play when they host Southwest on Friday, Sept. 21, on the turf of Bailey Stadium. The women's match begins at 5 p.m. and the men will play under the lights at 7 p.m.