Sumrall’s women’s soccer program is off to a great start with a 13-2-1 record. In just five short seasons, the Lady Bobcats have made a name for themselves that is respected throughout the state with a No. 10 ranking.
Led by Coach Todd Siders, the Lady Bobcats are looking to continue the success and build off of successful seasons of past years. Siders, who graduated from Oak Grove is in his fifth year as head coach for the Bobcats.
“It’s a blast watching these kids build this program we are trying to establish,” Siders said. “If you have never watched high school soccer, it’s a lot more physical than people think. We have good support in our community and I think it’s just going to continue to increase as we continue our success. I’m looking forward to seeing more people jump on board as we grow.”
The team’s success was tested Thursday night as the Bobcats hosted 5A powerhouse West Jones (Laurel).
After tough defensive play from both schools, Sumrall and West Jones ended tied with a 1-1 score at the end of regulation.
In the 16th minute of play, Sumrall’s Caragan Childs scored in the center of the field from 30 yards out to give Sumrall the early lead 1-0.
Roughly 16 minutes later at the 32-minute mark, West Jones’ Briana Williams tied the game at 1-1, which was score as the teams went into the half.
The second half played to a stalemate as both teams missed a couple of scoring opportunities, but came up short.
In the 59th minute, West Jones had two good opportunities, but both ended in impressive blocks by Sumrall’s goalie Shaylee Ingram.
Sumrall’s Childs had one last opportunity to score towards the end of the game. Childs broke ahead of the West Jones defenders left open on the left side of the field. The lefty kicked it from 35 yards out and hit the right goal post just missing the opportunity to lead the game.
The game eventually ended in a 1-1 tie.
“I thought they played really well,” Siders said. “I scheduled this game knowing that it was going to be the toughest of our competition. I wanted to see where we stood. I felt like we would go toe-to-toe with them. There’s no moral victories with ties or losses, but I am proud of the way these girls played tonight.”