PERKINSTON, MS (WLOX) - For the first time in five years under head coach Chris Handy, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Bulldogs soccer team has cracked the National Soccer Coaches Association of America men's poll this week.
The Bulldogs (10-1) have run off nine consecutive wins, after losing the season opener to N0. 12 San Jacinto. MGCCC sits atop the MACJC South Division with a 6-0 record.
In those six division victories, Gulf Coast has piled up 29 goals while giving up only 3.
Coach Handy said, "In the short term, it means nothing. In the long term, it means a lot. We always try to do the right thing to set ourselves apart. To have that be recognized nationally means a lot of our currently players, as well as the players that came before them."
On Tuesday, the Bulldogs defeated arch-rival Pearl River Community College 4-1. Ian Story scored two goals while Jordan Hall and James Beattie each found the Wildcats net to propel Gulf Coast to victory.
"Each year, we try to build on the year before,"Handy said. "I think getting to this point started three or four years ago. Obviously, we're very proud of it and our players are, too."
On Tuesday the Mississippi Gulf Coast Lady Bulldogs beat Pearl River Community College 2-0. Casey LaFontaine and Madi Geise each scored a goal for the 7-3-1 Lady Bulldogs who improved to 5-1 in the South Division.