Poplarville soccer clinch district championship

Published 5:47 pm Sunday, January 15, 2023

A round of applause goes to the Poplarville Hornets girls and boys varsity soccer team, for clinching the 2023 4A Region 7 District Championship this Friday night.

It marks the Lady Hornets’ second district championship in a row, while the boys complete a perfect 4-0 district season.

On Friday, Jan. 13, the Hornets faced the Purvis Tornadoes in the final district game of the season. The Lady Hornets beat the Tornadoes 2-1. Lady Hornet Addy Grace Alexander scored both goals.

“Winning back-to-back speaks volumes to the girls and their work ethic,” said Head Coach Beth McShea. “We graduated several starters and they left big shoes to fill. The girls stepped up and we’ve had new people become key players for us and they really wanted to win again this year and have worked hard for it and it shows.”

The Hornets boys toughed out a 1-0 halftime deficit by scoring 4 unanswered goals in the second period. Goals came from Lucas Santiago (2), Spencer Stuart, and Patton Francis.

The Hornets have one final regular season game before entering the 4A State Playoffs. They’ll face the Pearl River Central Blue Devils on Tuesday, January 17. Girls will start at 5:30 p.m, boys will follow at 7 p.m.