The Brookhaven Hansel King Sportsplex was host to two hard fought battles between the Wesson Cobras and the Piney Woods Tornadoes. After the Friday night contests, each ended up with a win to add to their district record.
Piney Woods scored early in the first half and it seemed the skilled ball handling of the Tornadoes would dominate throughout the evening. However, late in the first half, the Cobras responded when Brandon Burch passed the ball to Chris Fink who launched it in the goal. A scoreless second half forced an overtime match for the two teams. Piney Woods scored late in the overtime period on an unusual blocked goalie punt that sealed the 2-1 victory for the Tornados.
In game two action, the Wesson Cobras came on strong and posted a 3-1 win. The Cobras seemed to have more determination and were a dominating force on the field. The Piney Woods Tornadoes had trouble getting within scoring range thanks to the strong defensive efforts of Blake Brown, Sid Cawthorn, Justin Goodman, and Alan Stegall.
Piney Woods once again came out with an early lead and scored quickly against the Cobras. However, during the last few minutes of the first half, seventh grader Brandon Nettles made a well executed pass that allowed Chris Fink to score and tie the game 1-1.
During the second half of the game, the Cobras were unstoppable. The offense played with precision and unity while the defense and midfield forced the Tornadoes back when they tried to advance. Chris Fink was able to score two more times against the Tornadoes with the assistance of Brandon Nettles and Brandon Burch. Coach Gunter commented after the game “These boys played a fantastic game, I couldn’t be more proud.” The Cobras record is 2-4, 1-1. After a week off the Cobras boys’ & girls’ teams will return to action in an away game against Natchez Cathedral.
Tuesday night was exciting for Wesson Cobra soccer fans. All three Wesson teams were able to pull off victories against the Franklin County Bulldogs. In Junior Varsity action, Wesson’s Alexis Fugler scored two goals during the first half with assists from Vanesha Harris and Tammy Brown. Ashley Richardson, assisted by Vanesha Harris, scored the final goal during the second half to cinch the win for the JV Cobras with a 3-0 shut out.
The Lady Cobras posted a 1-0 shut out against the Lady Bulldogs. Both teams faced a scoreless first half. The only score of the game occurred during the final twenty minutes when Raiven Coleman made a great cross shot to Trystan Eschete who was able to follow through to the goal. Strong defensive play from seniors Kayla Case, Faith Johns, and Amber Joyce helped to ensure the shut out victory.
During the boys match, the Cobras garnered a quick lead in the first half and posted their first win of the season. Wesson’s Brandon Burch scored early in the game on an assist from Chris Fink. Wesson’s lead scorer, Chris Fink later scored off a penalty kick. Wesson’s goalie, Mitchell Wilkinson, held the Bulldogs scoreless until the second half. The final score was 2-1. The Wesson Boys will play Piney Woods in a double header this Friday at the Brookhaven Hansel King Sportsplex. Game times are 5:00pm and 7:30pm.
Wesson Lady Cobras tasted victory again during Monday night’s game against the North Pike Jaguars . The Lady Jaguars scored the first goal of the game midway through the first period. Raiven Coleman followed up with two goals for the Cobras before the half. North Pike scored during the last five minutes of the second period tying the score 2-2. During the tie-breaker shoot out, Wesson made 3 goals while North Pike could only score twice against goalie Ceara Sturgis. Scoring for Wesson during the tie-breaker were Trystan Eschete, Raiven Coleman, and Dallas Jackson. The final score was 5-4 in Wesson’s favor.
The Cobra’s girl junior varsity and boy varsity teams did not fare as well against North Pike. The girls’ JV team lost 2-1 and the boys lost 7-2. Vanesha Harris scored the lone goal for Wesson’s JV team. Chris Fink and Brandon Burch each scored for the boy’s team.