OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Ocean Springs head coach Ryan Joiner devised a game plan in trying to contain Oak Grove star player Lonnie Mulligan and it worked. Mulligan was highly aggressive and sometimes was too aggressive in trying to contain the ball. Goalkeeper Autumn Fike was up to the task in making sure Mulligan would not score.
With 14:33 left in the game, Danielle Pasquini went after a ball that sailed high into the sky, as she got to the ball, the Oak Grove goalkeeper smashed into Pasquini and that set up a penalty kick for the lady Greyhounds.
Ameris Taylor, a sophomore, got the call on the penalty kick. Taylor was right on the money and delivered what turned out to be the game winner. Her teammates jumped for joy and they needed another stellar defensive effort to hold on the Lady Warriors.
Taylor said, "I was kind of nervous because if you make it, that's great. If you don't, that's tough. All my teammates coming to congratulate me, it was a good feeling."
Mulligan got her chances, one on a free kick to the left side of the Ocean Springs goal. She misfired and late in the game she was wide-open, put her foot into the ball, but without success. Fike was there to make the diving deflection to preserve the Lady Greyhounds 1-0 victory.
Coach Joiner left St. Stanislaus after the Rockachaws 2016 Class 4A boys state championship, to return to Ocean Springs where he played his high school soccer. It's been a successful season, one that is not quite complete.
Joiner said, "I was a full team effort. Our defenders played out of their minds. They were outstanding all day against the best player we've played all year."
The 16-6-4 Lady Greyhounds will either host Brandon Tuesday night at 6 or travel to Gulfport Tuesday night at 5:30.
The Ocean Springs Greyhounds boys team also advanced with a 3-2 overtime victory over Brandon at Greyhounds Stadium.