LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - On Tuesday West Jones advanced to the second round of the Class 5A girls soccer playoffs with a penalty kick victory over Long Beach.
Hold-off on that West Jones victory...at least until Thursday.
After Long Beach and West Jones played to a scoreless tie after regulation and overtime Tuesday night, the game officials had the teams decide the final outcome with penalty kicks. The Lady Mustangs out scored the Lady Bearcats 4-2 and got the playoff victory. So they thought.
Long Beach head coach Cherie Griffith and school officials filed a protest with the MHSAA on Wednesday and late Wednesday afternoon the Mississippi High School Activities Association sided with Long Beach.
According to soccer rules, if a game ends scoreless after two ten-minute overtime periods, the two teams must play two five-minute sudden death periods. If a team scores within that sudden death period, that team wins. If the teams fail to score in sudden death that's when the game must be decided by penalty kicks.
On Tuesday the game officials didn't realize they should have had Long Beach and West Jones play the two five-minute sudden death periods and immediately went to the penalty kicks.
So Long Beach gets a second chance to advance to the second round on Thursday. The Lady Bearcats (14-5-3) must travel to West Jones (13-4-2) at 4 p.m. Both teams will get a chance to score in the two five-minute sudden death periods. If a team scores within the first five-minute sudden death period, that team will advance.
Long Beach athletic director Forrest Williams said, "If Long Beach and West Jones fail to score in sudden death, that's when the Lady Bearcats and Lady Mustangs will decide the winner by going to penalty kicks."
If Long Beach pulls out the win on Thursday, the Lady Bearcats would host George County at 5:00 or 6:00 p.m. Saturday.
The George County Lady Rebels (10-9-1) defeated Brookhaven 5-0 Tuesday night.