WEST HARRISON -- The West Harrison girls soccer team made some history Monday night.
They hope to make more history this coming weekend.
Gabby Vincent broke a scoreless tie with a goal in the second half off a corner kick by Kim Fruin and the Lady Hurricanes (17-3-2) went on to post a 2-0 victory in the Class 5A South State finals. Now they advance to the state championship game in Jackson against either Oxford or Saltillo. It is the first time West Harrison has advanced to the state soccer finals in school history.
"I think the second half we were more the attacker," West Harrison coach Todd Moniz said. "The girls knew they had to step up their intensity. That goal came from how many chances we had going forward. We had a lot of corner kicks.
"Defensively, we are fantastic. We've had a lot of shutouts and we didn't allow a single goal in district. I think we have the best keeper (Haley Lott) in the state."
The game was a scoreless tie when Fruin put the ball right in front of the goal with approximately 29 minutes left in regulation.
"It's the greatest feeling I can have," Vincent said. "We've been pushing ourselves to the limit.
"It was a perfect cross (by Fruin) and a perfect finish."
Vincent has now scored 20 goals.
West Harrison dominated the tempo on offense and Haley Kim wrapped up the game with a her 17th goal of the season with under two minutes left. Defensively, West Harrison withstood a furious assault from the Mustangs in the last five minutes.
"We are excited about the opportunity (to go to the finals)," Moniz said.
West Harrison advanced to 5A South State finals with an 8-0 win over Jackson Provine and a 3-1 win at South Jones.
West Jones (10-11-1) reached the South State finals by beating Hattiesburg 3-2 and Long Beach 4-1 in defense of their 2015 state championship.
"I was proud of my girls," West Jones coach Craig Winship said. "West Harrison is a quality team. They deserved everything they got tonight. We threw numbers up in the last few minutes to try and tie
the game because I think there isn't any difference between losing 1-0 or 2-0. So they got that second goal in the last two minutes.
"That corner kick they scored on was outstanding. The girl made a good run and got in front of my defender and hammered it into the corner. There's not much you could do about that."