Greyhounds head coach Jeff French has built Ocean Springs into one of the elite high school soccer teams in the nation. His 17-2 and 1 Greyhounds are ranked No. three in the country by MaxPreps.
French said, " It's good because the kids appreciate it. The fans get into it, but then again, like you said, the bulls-eye is on our back.
You don't want not to address it and be the gorilla in the room. But at the end of the day you've got to come out and execute."
Two out of the last three seasons Ocean Springs has made its way to the Class 6A state championship game, only to lose.
Goalkeeper Moses Ohler hopes to bring back the state trophy. The last time the Greyhounds accomplished that feat was in 2011.
Ohler said, "We were on a winning streak until the other day. We lost to Jesuit, the other day. We talked about the mistakes we made and we're going to fix them for the next game."
Nick Good says practice makes perfect, "We take practice seriously and in a game most of us give it one-hundred percent."
Ocean Springs and Biloxi hook up 7:30 Tuesday night at Greyhounds Stadium.
St. Patrick is ranked number six in the state and No. 24 in the nation by Maxpreps. Head coach Mario Camps has his 13-0 and 2 Fighting Irish gunning for back-to-back 1A-2A-3A state championship titles and have won two of the last three state trophies.
St. Patrick opens the playoffs 6 p.m. tomorrow hosting Clarkdale in Biloxi.
"They want to keep that tradition to being a winning team and they're working hard at it. "said Camps. "I think we may have a chance at it."
Eiland Stebly said, "Everybody on the team has heart and we all play to the very end and no one gives up."
Luke Seichnayder added, "I think this year's team is more of a closer team. The last two years we had skill but this year our team is really close and we play together and that's why we have the key to get it this year."
Coach Camps won two state soccer titles at Mercy Cross and has won two state titles at St. Patrick.
Gulfport has a home game with George County at 7 in a Class 6A playoff game. St. Martin travels to Gulfport beginning at 5:30 in a girls game. The Ocean Springs Lady Greyhounds entertain Biloxi at 6 p.m.
In the Class 5A ranks, Long Beach girls travel to Stone at 5:30 p.m. followed by the West Harrison at Stone boys game at 7:00 p.m. Picayune is at Long Beach in a boys game at 7:00 p.m. The West Harrison girls host Hattiesburg at 7:00 p.m.
Class 4A boys, three-time state champion St. Stanislaus battles Greene County at 7:00 p.m. in Bay St. Louis. Bay High has a road game at East Central at 7:30 p.m. Pass Christian girls face Greene County in the Pass at 6:00 p.m. and the Bay High Lady Tigers travel to East Central at 6:00 p.m.
In the Class 1A-2A-3A boys playoffs besides Clarkdale at St. Patrick, Resurrection is at Sacred Heart 7:30 p.m. OLA entertains Clarkdale in a girls game at 6:00 p.m. and the Resurrection Lady Eagles on the road at Sacred Heart at 5:30 p.m.
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