ELLISVILLE – The Jones County Junior College men's soccer team had a strong showing to open the 2013 season.
JCJC received a goal late in the first half from Eric Johnson and made that stand up in a 1-0 decision over Itawamba Community College here Friday night at Bobcat Soccer Field.
In the women's game, the Lady Bobcats overwhelmed ICC, 5-0.
The Bobcat soccer teams will be in action on Wednesday at East Central Community College. The women's game begins at 3 p.m., followed by the men's contest at 5 p.m.
JCJC opens MACJC South Division play with a huge doubleheader at home on Sept. 7 against Pearl River Community College. The men's game will be played first, starting at 5:30 p.m., followed by the women's game at 7:30 p.m.
Itawamba hosts Co-Lin on Tuesday.
Bobcats 1, Indians 0
JCJC held the upper hand for most of the first half and took advantage of that at the 39:18 mark when Johnson, a West Harrison sophomore, scored off an assist by JaMarcus Ducksworth, a Northeast Jones sophomore.
But the Indians came back and upped the pressure in the second half. ICC had several opportunities, especially in the game's final 20 minutes, but Bobcat keeper Gabe Brown kept them from scoring. Brown is a freshman from Lewisburg.
Itawamba ended up with 12 shots, including six on goal. The Bobcats had nine shots, including five on goal. Brown had six saves, while ICC keeper Cullen Grantham had five saves.
The Indians had five corner kicks, compared to two for Jones. It was a physical game, with JCJC being whistled for 11 fouls, compared to six for ICC.
The Bobcats are now 1-0, while the Indians are 1-1.
Lady Bobcats 5, Lady Indians 0
JCJC continued its strong early season play.
The Lady Bobcats took a 1-0 lead at 11:36 when Presbyterian Christian School's Lauren Arnold scored off an assist by Florence freshman Katy Carpenter. They made it 2-0 at 23:36 when Danielle Fortin of Lafayette, Ind., scored. Northeast Jones freshman Katie Johnson scored at 36:37 on a breakaway to give the Lady Bobcats a 3-0 lead going into intermission.
JCJC went up 4-0 at 53:57 when Lindy Tabor of Florence scored off an assist by Alexis Thornton, a Terry sophomore. The Lady Bobcats ended the scoring when South Jones freshman Logan Simpson scored at the 87:25 mark.
The Lady Bobcats outshot ICC, 19-1, including a 12-1 margin on shots on goal. JCJC had 10 corner kicks, compared to ICC's one. The Lady Bobcats were called for four fouls, while ICC was called for one.
Lady Bobcat keeper Briahna Dickerson, a freshman from Gautier, played most of the game and was credited with one save. She was replaced by Stone freshman Paige Williams in the final minutes.
Itawamba's Mary Margaret Swain had seven saves.
The Lady Bobcats are now 2-0, while Itawamba is 0-2.