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Three coast soccer teams take aim on State Championship titles on Saturday

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Coach Ryan Joiner has guided his Rockachaws to an 18-6 and 1 record...coming off a thrilling 2-1 victory over cross town rival Bay High to claim the 4A South State Championship and trip to the state finals.  Andrew Elkins netted the winning goal in the final 3 1/2 minutes.

St. Stanislaus takes on Kosciusko Saturday afternoon at one at Madison Central High School.  The Whippets are 12-8 and 1 on the season.

Rockachaws head coach Ryan Joiner said, "Being a part of St. Stanislaus, twice they're won back-to-back state titles and a part of the tradition wasn't a rebuilding process it was just part of a rebirth.  part of re-gathering the spirit of our team to get us where we're at today."

Many of the Rockachaws players participated in the state championship game in 2014.  They are back and they are confident, but realize Kosciusko wants to win just as bad as they do.

I think going to state this year we'll be more confident because of the second year going, "stated Matthew Tucker. "The pressure has been lifted since we beat Bay High but the pressure is always there playing for a state title."

5-8, 130 pound sophomore goalkeeper Conner Smothers has been standing tall in front of the Rockachaws net all season long.  He has filled-in nicely for 6-3, 185 pound junior Owen Betz who injured his knee.

Joiner said, "I think we have the best two goalkeepers in the state in Owen Betz and Conner Smothers.  Conner has stepped-in and it helped that he played some as a freshman and got his feet wet.  He has been tremendous this year.

The Ocean Springs Greyhounds and Lady Greyhounds are both one win away from winning Class 6A State Championship titles.

It's going to be Ocean Springs against Madison Central in both title games.

The excitement gets underway 3 p.m. Saturday at Clinton High School sending No. 4 ranked Ocean Springs facing No. 3 Madison Central in a battle for the girls championship.

Coach Patrick Hayes has led his Lady Greyhounds to a 17-3-3 record and rely on the offensive talents of Ashton Stennis and Savannah Carter.

Madison Central enters Saturday's showdown with a 17-2-1 record.

Following the girls game at 5 p.m. Ocean Springs and Madison Central hook-up in the boys Class 6A State Championship at Clinton High School.

Head coach Jeff French has his Greyhounds rolling in the right direction.  That was evident in Tuesday's Class 6A South State championship game at Gulfport.  The Greyhounds opened the scoring 25 seconds into the game and never looked back.

By the time the final second ticked off the clock, Ocean Springs has prevailed 6-0.

The win propelled  Ocean Springs to 16-5-1 overall while Madison Central enters the game with an impressive 21-1-1 record.

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