RAYMOND – Jones College captured its second straight MACJC men's soccer championship on a wet and muddy Tom Shepherd Field here Tuesday evening, downing Gulf Coast 4-3 in a penalty shootout.
MGCCC knotted the match at 2-2 with 3:12 to play to force overtime and the match stayed all square in 20 minutes of extra time.
Callum Harley (Whitney Bay, England) made two big saves, including stuffing Luke Mills to start the PK stage, and nailed the game-winner himself to send the Bobcats into this weekend's region championship game at LSUE.
The game officially ends in a 2-2 tie, with Jones advancing 4-3 on penalty kicks. The Bobcats move to 12-4-1, unbeaten in their last nine, while MGCCC's season ends at 13-6-1.
Chris Dempsey (Belfast, Ireland) scored the game's opening goal in the 9th minute. Peyton Ratcliff (Northwest Rankin) added his sixth goal in the 60th minute off a Mason Morgan (Jackson Prep) free kick.
Despite being outshot 14-7 on goal, the Bobcats made their attempts count. Harley finished with 12 saves. His counterpart, Isaiah Gore, had five.
The teams combined for 28 fouls, three yellow cards and a red card. Corners were 9-8 in favor of MGCCC.
Jones will now travel to Eunice, La., on Friday, Nov. 1 for a 7 p.m. kickoff against fifth-ranked LSUE. The game will be streamed live at athletics.lsue.edu/watch and the cost is $4.95.