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Gulf Coast soccer opens playoffs against East Central

PERKINSTON -- The first time Mississippi Gulf Coast played East Central, it was a wild affair.

The Bulldogs rallied from a two-goal deficit Sept. 1 to win 5-3 in Perkins ton, which will be the site of Tuesday's playoff rematch between the teams.

"That game, we had a bad five minutes or so and they scored three goals on us," Gulf Coast coach Chris Handy said. "If we have a bad 30 minutes, all of the sudden we've lost it."

Gulf Coast (13-4) finished as the second seed in the MACJC South, earning the right to host this first-round state playoff matchup against the Warriors (6-10-1). Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m., weather permitting.

Follow@MGCCCathletics on Twitter or go to Facebook.com/BulldogLIVE to follow updates Tuesday about potential postponements due to poor field conditions after the remnants of Hurricane Patricia. Officials expect to make a decision around noon Tuesday if the game will be pushed back a day.

The winner advances to the semifinals Saturday at Hinds.

Handy said East Central is a hard-working team.

"It's a playoff game," he said. "For a team that already works hard, they have a lot of incentive to come in here and work even harder."

The Bulldogs will be as healthy as they've been all season. The team has battled some injuries, and recently went through a series of suspensions due to red cards picked up in games.

"Everybody is available for the first time in a month," Handy said. "That's exciting. We're at full strength, for sure."