High School Sports

Biloxi sets score straight with playoff win

JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD 
 Biloxi's Nicolas Mateus beats Terry's Eliseo Tapia to the ball during the first half of their 6A first-round playoff game at Biloxi stadium on Wednesday Jan. 27, 2016.
JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD Biloxi's Nicolas Mateus beats Terry's Eliseo Tapia to the ball during the first half of their 6A first-round playoff game at Biloxi stadium on Wednesday Jan. 27, 2016. SUN HERALD

BILOXI - Revenge can be oh so sweet. And when it comes on the playoff stage, that's even better.

A year ago, Terry's boys soccer team surged from behind late to eliminate a Biloxi team that felt it better.

The Indians didn't need similar heroics Wednesday to get their revenge. Biloxi spaced out three goals over the final 40 minutes to eliminate Terry 3-0 from the Class 6A playoffs.

"Last year shouldn't have happened," BHS coach Randall Molsbee said. "We allowed two goals in the last minute of the game for them to win the game. We just wanted to set the score straight and felt like we were in the driver's seat on this one. We wanted to show them what we could do and we did it."

Biloxi now advances to travel to Brandon on Saturday.

Retribution didn't come quickly, however. Although Biloxi (16-4-2) out-shot Terry (15-6-2) 11-3 in the first half, the Indians couldn't find the back of the net early on.

After a scoreless first half, Biloxi scored six minutes into the second frame. Terry's keeper made an initial save on a shot from the right side and the rebound ended up on Devon Tilson's foot. With the goalie down, Tilson remained composed and scored into the exposed net.

"We knew Terry was going to try to take us into a shootout. They had six guys stacked back on defense and weren't even trying to move it," Molsbee said. "We knew if we could possess it, move it up through the midfield and slide it to Marcus or one of our guys up top to finish that they would do it."

Talented striker Marcus Kennedy netted an insurance goal 12 minutes later. Biloxi caught Terry in transition and Kennedy buried a centering pass from Nicolas Mateus on the right side.

Kennedy added to Biloxi's lead in the 76th minute, essentially backing down two Bulldog defenders before spinning and firing a shot past the keeper.

"I looked up and didn't see many people around me so I just thought I'd take it myself and I got it in," Kennedy said.

Kennedy said the Indians had their chances in the first half, they just didn't capitalize on opportunities. In the second half, he felt Biloxi took the game to its opponent, which created the chances.

"We do a lot of fitness in practice and they just looked tired," he said. "I think we came out and took the intensity to them."

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