Drizzling rain and cold temperatures did not slow down either Bobcat soccer team as both the men and ladies picked up district wins over the North Pike Jaguars in blowout fashion, with the Lady Bobcats mercy ruling their opponent 8-0 and the guys claiming a 6-1 victory.
The Lady Bobcats started with a flurry of goals from Rylee Kirkland, Addie Siders, and Caragan Childs in the opening 10 minutes of play.
At the 22nd minute, Siders found her second goal of the night.
A few minutes rolled off the clock and in the 29th and 30th minutes, Kylie McNair found the net while Morgan Johnson grabbed her first goal of the evening a minute later.
In the 37th minute, Childs used her powerful foot to knock the seventh goal of the first half through the net.
In the second-half minutes before the mercy rule came into play, Johnson netted her second goal and the final goal of the evening to put the Lady Bobcats up 8-0.
"It's been a week since we played because we got canceled Tuesday night and we lost the last one we played. We wanted to come out with some fire tonight and move the ball and create goal-scoring opportunities right off the bat, and we did, so I was pleased with that," said head coach Todd Siders.
Siders was impressed with how all of his Lady Bobcats played throughout the night.
"We are pretty deep this year on the team. We have a lot of girls we can put in different positions on the pitch and it paid off tonight. There are still things that we have to get better to be able to compete with elite teams, but I was happy overall."
Childs, Siders, McNair, Skylar Magee, Jordan Thornhill, Sydney Trihoulis, Grace Cooley and Kayley Rawls all had assists on Sumrall's goals.
Sumrall who is now 8-1-2 overall and 1-0 in district play travels to Neshoba Central tomorrow night in what Siders said would be a test for his girls.
Guys dominate throughout for district win number one
While the Bobcat guys were not quite as dominant as the ladies, they still came away with a decisive 6-1 victory over the boys from North Pike powered by Cooper Cole's two goals in the first sixteen minutes of action.
"Cole is a guy who has a lot of speed and he's still developing as a soccer player. He struggles sometimes scoring consistently so it was good to see him get out of the gate early and do that tonight," said Siders.
Cole got out of the gate early, scoring two goals. The first came as he streaked down the right side of the pitch, cramming the ball in the net during the 6th minute. Ten minutes later, he mirrored the same goal, streaking once again down the right side to slice the ball into the net during the 16th minute.
Graham Rodney got on the board with a goal in the 25th minute to put Sumrall up 3-0. From there, they controlled the match as the rain drizzled down and the first half of play finished up.
In the second half of play, Brycen Smith connected on two goals in the 44th and 68th minute, while Cade Beech had a goal sandwiched between Smith's in the 65th minute.
North Pike managed to get on the board in the 77th minute to keep the shutout from happening, but when it was said and done Sumrall had their district-opening win in hand.
"At the end of the day, the district record is the only ones that matter for us. We just have to come out in the district and play well. That's what we preach to our kids. It's not about the team we are playing. It is about us going out and playing well. We just have to be consistent in doing that.
Graham finished his night with three assists. Smith, Beech, and Chance Douglas also had assists.
Like the Lady Bobcats, the guys move to 1-0 in district play with a 3-7-1 record overall. They will also make the two-hour trip to Neshoba Central tomorrow night.