BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - On Monday night St. Stanisalus won a nail biter over Bay High to claim the Class 4A South State title and trip to the championship game Saturday at Madison Central facing Wednesday's winner between Florence and Amory.
Bay High gave the two-time defending 4A State Champion Rockachaws all they could handle.
With the game tied 1-all, Tigers keeper Connor Sutherlin was injured and was forced to leave the game in the 24th minute of the second half.
About 21 minutes later, West Zimmerman kicked home the game winner, a slow roller that slipped into the Tigers net.
Coach Ryan Joiner had his Rockachaws kept the Tigers at bay and have a shot at a Class 4A Three-peat.
Joiner said, "Our senior leadership is obviously showing through right now. But I think the boys prepared tactically, technically everyday like they knew they wanted to get back to the state title game."
"Everybody on our team is solid, "stated Austin Miller. "There are no holes in the entire lineup and our coach, coach Joiner, is probably the best coach that I've ever had. Love him to death."
Owen Betz has distinguished himself as one of the top goalkeepers in the South and he'll sign a soccer scholarship on Wednesday.
Betz said, "I will be going to Northern Kentucky and purely because of the coaching staff. I binded with them extremely well and I feel like I fit great within their system."
Gulfport senior Jeff Bruni is expected to join Betz at Northern Kentucky. Bruni was a consistent threat offensively for the Admirals.
St. Patrick head coach Mario Camps has his Fighting Irish back in the 1A-2A-3A State Soccer title chase.
His 13-6 and 2 Irish travel to Petal 6 p.m. tomorrow, a date with Sacred Heart for the South State Championship.
Camps led St. Patrick to the state championship in 2014...his 3rd overall and first with the Fighting Irish.
Junior Eiland Stebly has been a mainstay offensively for the Fighting Irish...consistently finding the oppositions net. Sophomore Tyler Musial has added more offensive punch giving the Fighting Irish another weapon.
A win on Wednesday and St. Patrick heads to the title game on Saturday.
Camps said, "We have players who have taken the time to build up the style of game that we're playing. They are understanding it more and more and applying it more and more on the field sothat's why we have been able to be successful."
"We have many good players, it's just not one, "stated Eiland. " It's a team effort and we're good at playing as a team."
Musial said, "Me and Eiland work really well together and if me and Eiland play together there's really no stopping us."
If St. Patrick can defeated Sacred Heart on Wednesday, the Fighting Irish will face the Forest-Southeast Lauderdale winner in the state championship game 2 p.m. Saturday in Clinton.
The West Harrison Lady Canes took care of business Monday night and kicked defending 5A State Champion West Jones out of the title hunt.
The Lady Canes prevailed 2-0 to win the South State title.
Junior Gabby Vincent has bagged 20 goals with 12 assists and she'll be a threat in Saturday's Class 5A State Championship game set for 4 p.m. Saturday at Madison Central.
The 17-3 and 2 Lady Canes await Wednesday's winner between Oxford and Saltillo. Sophomore Haley Kim hasn't missed a beat, punching home 17 goals and 13 assists. Head coach Todd Moniz has developed a high-octane Lady Canes team, one win away from a state championship.
"We have a very talented group and and they have the skill level to play quicker, "Moniz said. "They have the athleticism to play quickly and that's where we at our strongest."
Vincent said, 'We definitely pushed ourselves to the limit every time we step on the field. I feel like as a team we definitely have overcome a lot of things and I feel like we have the best chance of winning state this year."
"We've all had our ups and downs this year but in the end we all have one goal, "stated Haley. "We're all here now and let's go for it."
The Class 5A girls championship game is set for 4 p.m. Saturday at Madison Central.
The Ocean Springs Greyhounds won a thriller at Brandon. The Greyhounds were tied 2-all and won the game 5-2 in penalty kicks. Coach French and his team await the Madison Central-Tupelo winner in the Class 6A title game 6 p.m. Saturday in Clinton.
class 5A Boys South State championship game is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday in Wiggins. The 19-1-1 Stone Tomcats entertain Gautier. The winner will punch their ticket to the championship game 6 p.m. Saturday at Madison Central.