Momentum late in the first half pushes Lady Mustangs to victory over NEJ; boys pick up first win over NEJ since 2012

Momentum can be an unstoppable force at times. When it’s on your side, it’s a godsend. 

For West Jones girls soccer Tuesday night, one goal led to another, then another and then another. 

The Lady Mustangs picked up their sixth win of the season with a 4-0 win over county rivals Northeast Jones in The Jungle. All four goals came in the final 13 minutes of the first half.

“I was pleased [overall],” said West Jones head coach Craig Winship. “Our speed of play was good.”

A total of 28 Lady Mustangs saw playing time in the win. Winship says it’s about getting ready for district play.

“We’ve played a tough schedule so far,” Winship said. “We’ve played all the good 6A teams on the coast, and each one of those games gets us ready for the next step. Tonight we had an opportunity to play a bunch of girls, and our level of intensity never dropped.

“Northeast Jones is a good team. They’ll go far in 4A this year. Brooke [Zugg] has done a fantastic job with them.”

Senior forward Lizbeth Oliveras got things started for West Jones with her goal in the 26th minute. Breonna Williams, Kaylee Chennault and Bre Carr followed with goals in the 36th, 37th and under the two-minute mark. 

Winship said his team’s ability to force turnovers led to the rash scoring of goals.

“Our press worked,” said Winship. “We started applying pressure and forcing turnovers. We got lots of movement off the ball. We were able to get our forwards out wide to stretch their defense. That allowed us to get the ball through the middle. I was pleased with how we played.”

West Jones girls improve to 6-5 on the season. They will play Magee at home Friday night before starting Region 5-5A play next Tuesday at Wayne County.

Northeast Jones girls fall to 2-5-2 according to

Boys: West Jones 2, Northeast Jones 1

West Jones boys withstood a late surge by Northeast Jones Tuesday night to beat their county rivals for the first time since 2012, 2-1.

“I felt like our defense played well tonight,” said Mustangs head coach Josh Sullivan. “We only gave up three shots that were of quality. One of those found the back of the net, but that is what you expect from a good team. When Northeast Jones is given an opportunity to score, they make the most of it.”

West Jones had a 2-0 lead going into the 58th minute until Northeast Jones junior Carlos Hernandez scored to draw the Tigers within one. The Mustang defense was challenged in the final 22 minutes of the match but kept Northeast Jones from netting the equalizer.

Senior Luis Olivares scored both goals for West Jones, one in each half of play. 

“Olivares stepped up big for us,” said Sullivan. “He played well with the ball at his feet. He showed up tonight, and you have to have that. 

“Our seniors have started to buy in, and they’ve always been a great part of what we do here.”

West Jones improves to 4-6-1, while Northeast Jones falls to 6-4-1. 

Sports Editor

James is a graduate of Stringer High School and Jones County Junior College. He is an award-winning AP and MS Press photographer, writer, and layout designer.

Recommended for you