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Meridian's U-14 boys team wins soccer gold

By Staff
ALL JUMBLED UP Pearl's Kyle Thompson, top photo, cuts off Meridian's Cameron Sherrill during the medal game of U-14 division in Sunday State Games action. Photo by Paula Merritt/The Meridian Star
By Ryan Satcher / staff writer
June 17, 2002
The Under-14 Meridian boys team beat Pearl 2-1 in overtime to win the gold medal game of the State Games of Mississippi at Northeast Park.
Phillip Sullivan scored a goal in the second overtime period and MYSO Pioneer Rush Rapids held on to win gold.
In Under-14 girls action, South Madison County beat Northeast Jackson to claim the gold medal.
After tying Northwest Rankin 0-0 and beating Clinton 2-1 earlier Saturday, the Meridian boys team beat Hattiesburg 3-0 late Saturday to advance to the gold medal game.
Meridian had to win the final game 3-0 in order to advance, but the game was tied 0-0 at halftime. The Rapids came out in the second half and got the job done and were able to advance to the finals.
The tough road to the gold was not over yet, however. Meridian trailed 1-0 to Pearl in the second half of the game before tying the game in regulation and winning in overtime.
Meridian came out in the first half and had a couple of opportunities early. Matthew Thomas blasted a couple shots on goal early to pressure Pearl.
Pearl also had a chance when a long shot bounced over the Meridian keeper. The goalie was able to catch the ball before it got into the goal and the game remained scoreless.
Pearl finally scored the first goal of the game on a penalty kick in the first half.
In the second half, Meridian was able to make some runs on goal. Finally, the Rapids were able to tie the game up when Chris Jennings headed in a corner kick from Sullivan.
Neither team could score a goal in the rest of regulation so two 10-minute overtime periods were played.
The teams were scoreless in the first overtime period. Then in the second period Sullivan was able to get a goal to give Meridian a 2-1 lead.
Pearl came back strong trying to tie the game and hit the cross bar with a shot. A header from a Pearl forward went just over the goal high and the period ended giving the Rapids the 2-1 win and a gold medal.
Northwest Rankin beat South Madison County to take the bronze.
South Madison County girls 1
Northeast Jackson 0
Hannah Nicholas scored a goal on a free kick from just outside the box to give South Madison County a 1-0 win over Northeast Jackson in the girls' gold medal game.
The game was scoreless after the first half of play with neither team really able to come up with any really good scoring attempts.
Nicholas ripped the free kick into the right side of the goal in the second half to give South Madison the lead. Northeast Jackson had some close calls but could not score to tie the game up. Both teams were 3-0 coming into the game.
In the bronze medal game, Greenville defeated Hattiesburg 4-2.

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