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The Northeast Jones Lady Tigers celebrate after a goal.

Northeast Jones entered "turf week" as boy's head coach Matt Reid called it against Hattiesburg with both the boys and girls defeating the 5A Tigers in both games.

First up was the girl's contest that saw seventh grader Cally Lewis find the net in the 4th minute.

The 4A Tigers controlled most of the first half, shutting down any Hattiesburg lady Tigers to get any real shots on goal.

In the 21st minute that changed as senior Kendyl Terrell struck and found the net to even things up 1-1.

Things evened out a bit throughout the first half and well into the second half of play.

Northeast Jones kept chipping away as the minutes rolled along and in the 67th minute Isabella Harrison found the crease she needed, punching one into the corner of the net to give them a 2-1 lead.

Hattiesburg attempted to rally, but could not muster enough offense to put a ball into the goal.

Head coach Brooke Zugg thought a lot of Hattiesburg's Terrell in the post-game interview.

"Kendyl is one of the best soccer players that I've ever seen. I specifically challenged my girls to shut her down and I thought they did that beautifully. They gave her about eight seconds of free space and she buried one to tie it 1-1."

Zugg was happy with the way her young team played.

"Overall my team played well. They fought. They are tough, and they've got grit. They want to win this season. I'm proud of their effort tonight not giving up."

Cally Lewis [who scored the first goal], she's a dynamic player. She's little, but everyone takes her for granted. She's one of my most skilled players on the field. Isabella is an attacking center-mid. She's got the eye for the field that a lot of players do not have. She looked up and saw the goal was empty and hit the upper left corner like she was made to do it," said Zugg.

What's Next

Northeast Jones moves to. 4-1-1 on the season. Hattiesburg falls to 1-6 on the season. They will play host to Petal Thursday while Northeast Jones heads to Clarkdale next Monday.

The Northeast Jones boys defeated Hattiesburg's boys 7-0 in the night's second contest.

A hat trick from Jason Garcia highlighted the contest.

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Northeast Jones' Kaydon Howard fights for the ball in the first half of action.

Reid discussed the way his team performed after the contest.

"We usually don't play well on turf. The ball travels a lot faster. This is turf week because we go to Brandon on their turf this Thursday. I thought we got a little flat towards the last part of the first half. We got a little too comfortable and that's easy to do when you go up early like that. I'm proud of the way the guys responded in the second half. We'll just get back and get prepared for Brandon."

"Carlos had a good night. Jason had a good second half, and Kaden played a lot of dangerous balls. Alex Gonzalez also got in on things. Those guys played well," said Reid.

What's Next

Northeast Jones heads to Brandon Thursday holding a 6-0 record while Hattiesburg falls to 1-6 and hosts Petal Thursday.

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