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Meridian misses shot at playoff bid

By Staff
CHILLY SOCCER Meridian's Kortney Harris works to get around a Northwest Rankin defender during action at the Jaycee's Soccer Complex. Photo by Paula Merritt/The Meridian Star
By Ryan Satcher / staff writer
Jan. 8, 2003
The Lady Wildcats of Meridian High had a chance to clinch a playoff berth in soccer action on Tuesday night, but Northwest Rankin fought for a 3-2 victory to keep the playoff spot up in the air.
The Lady Wildcats, 9-4, own the tiebreaker over Northwest Rankin. If Northwest Rankin beats Brandon, then Meridian will have to beat Brandon. But if Brandon defeats Northwest Rankin then the Lady Wildcats will make the postseason.
Meridian jumped out to an early lead minutes into the game. Sarah Hammes sent a cross into the box and Lindsey Morrison smashed it home to make the score 1-0.
Just minutes later the Lady Cougars tied the game. Maren Beasley broke free, but Meridian keeper Sarah Denham kicked the ball free after charging out. The ball bounced to Julia Larsen, who chipped the ball into the open net to make the score 1-1.
Northwest Rankin had another good opportunity when Mallory Legg got off a great shot. Denham was able to punch the ball over the goal to keep the score tied.
After a couple more opportunities for both teams, the score remained 1-1 at halftime.
Legg just missed another goal when her breakaway shot went wide right in the second half.
Meridian was able to take another lead minutes later with a goal from Kortney Harris. She was able to get some space in the box and her left-footed shot found the right side of the net to make the score 2-1.
Northwest Rankin again answered right away. Hannah Tyler sent a great cross to Carli Little, who beat the keeper for the goal.
Both teams scored what appeared to be goals later in the half. Hammes had a shot go through the side netting and into the goal, but after a look at the net by the officials the goal was taken away.
Northwest Rankin also put away what looked to be a goal, but a call brought the ball back out and kept the game tied.
The Lady Cougars broke the tie with just minutes to go in the game. Little took the loose ball and kicked it into the right side of the goal to give Northwest Rankin the 3-2 victory.
Meridian 0
Northwest Rankin used a big second-half to break open a close game and take a 6-0 victory.
The Cougars led 1-0 after the first half, but broke loose for five goals in the second half to put the game away.
The Cougars jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first half on a tipped in free kick.
Meridian had a very good opportunity when Peter Davidson's header went off the cross bar and in front of the net. The Wildcats couldn't put the ball away.
In the first minute of the second half, Hunter Travis blasted the ball into the net to make the score 2-0. Andy Williams scored minutes later on a great pass from T-Mac Howard.
Howard scored later in the half to make the score 4-0. John Mark Tyler took a bad goal kick from Meridian and scored on the breakaway to make the score 5-0.
Jesse Purvis finished the scoring with a long shot that went into the right side of the goal to make the final 6-0.
Meridian drops to 7-6 on the season with the loss.

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