Gulfport edged past East Central 1-0 in the I-10/I-20 soccer blast tournament Saturday at the Gulfport Sportsplex.
Gulfport scored the game’s only goal by Charlotte Saari at the 13-minute mark of the second half.
“Today against East Central it was about being able to find a way to put the ball in the back of the net,” said Lady Admirals coach Christopher Pryor. “I was proud of the shutout. We had some younger players on the field today. That’s what it’s all about. That’s why you have big rosters so that people can step up when you do have injuries and sicknesses and stuff like that.”
Pryor praised several Lady Admirals standouts— goalies Azaria Breaux and Gracie Weatherly, captain Anika Shenas, midfielders Charlotte Saari and Leana Pittman— for their effort in the tournament.
Pryor believes the two games the Lady Admirals (6-5-4) played over the past 24 hours helped before returning to Region 8-6A play at home against Hancock at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday night. Madison Central beat Gulfport 1-0 on Friday night.
“I thought the girls really fought hard,” said Pryor. “We had a really really tough game against Madison Central last night, one of the best teams in the state. We had some opportunities. Madison Central is a really good team. They really took it to us.
“Yesterday and today was all about getting prepared for Hancock on Tuesday. Tuesday night is our senior night. We are 3-0 in district, but we’ve had to fight for for every game we’ve played. We’re not going to go in overconfident. We know Hancock is going to come in hungry for a win. We’ve just got to make sure we play well.”
East Central coach Amy Richards was proud of the Lady Hornets’ effort against Gulfport. The Lady Hornets are 5-4, 3-0 in Region 8-4A).
The Lady Admirals improved to 6-5-4 (3-0, district). East Central is also undefeated in district, 5-4 (3-0, district).
“We played really well against a 6A school,” said Richards. “We’ve got a little fundamental things to work on, but ultimately we played well as a team. We have a really good team. We’re working on being a good teammate right now. We’re pretty quick. We just need to talk a little bit more.”