South Jones girls and West Jones boys fall in playoff action at Long Beach

Photo/James Pugh

Two Jones County soccer teams had their seasons come to an end in Long Beach Friday night. 

In a double-header clash of one seed’s, the South Jones girls and West Jones boys fell to Long Beach by a single goal, 1-0 and 2-1, respectively, in both Class 5A second-round playoff matchup.

Here’s what each coach had to say afterward. 

South Jones girls head coach Tony Buckley: “We lost tonight’s game in the first 12 minutes of the match because we were nervous and we were not putting pressure on them [Long Beach]. We waited for them to react, and because of that, they scored.

“After that, we settled down and played. In the second half, I felt like it was all us. We played to win. We put the ball down and played forward. But we didn’t get a goal, and Long Beach was the reason for that. They defended resolutely, and that’s a credit to them. But we fought, and because of that, I’m proud of our girls. We gave everything we got in the second half, especially in the last 10 minutes.”

West Jones boys head coach Josh Sullivan: “It’s tough when you get beat in your last game of the year when it’s not the last game of the year. We had a great group of kids. They worked their butts off when our leaders came through after a rocky start. To go from 1-6 to 13-7 and winning district for the second time in a row, it’s a testament to how hard they work and their love for each other. That’s what matters.”

South Jones girls held Long Beach to a single goal Friday night in the early matchup but failed to score a goal of their own. West Jones boys, on the other hand, did get on the board. Junior Luis Ramirez tied the game, 1-1, with Long Beach on a PK in the 51st minute. Long Beach answered 20 minutes later on a shot by junior Stanley Trzaska.

West Jones boys finish the season, 13-7-1, while the South Jones girls end the season, 14-6-3.

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.

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