Lady Bearcats set for future soccer success
By Dom Fimiano
The Long Beach High School girls soccer program looks to be in good hands with first-year coach Andrew Lamier. Bearcats supporters say they Coach Lamier will be around for many years, as coaching stability is what the Bearcat soccer program needs the most.
The Lady Bearcats are a talented and confident team who were surprisingly eliminated in the second round of playoffs by West Jones 0-1. The game was a defensive match that remained 0-0 at the end of regulation, two overtime periods and one sudden death period.
West Jones attacked hard in the last two minutes of the second sudden death. Long Beach’s defense and keeper Ashton Rupert stood strong. West Jones scored in the last minute of sudden death on a couple of quick shots scoring off of a deflection.
The second round overtime playoff loss to West Jones was shocking. The Bearcats had every expectation to advance and compete for the South State Championship like the three previous seasons. Winning South State could have been challenging, but the players were up to making it happen.
The Bearcats’ season record is 10-4-2, with one league loss and one playoff loss. The other two losses were early in the season to Pass Christian and Biloxi.
The Bearcat success should continue for many years. Long Beach has a talented team returning, graduating only two seniors. Lauren Bennett and Sophia Fimiano have accepted athletic scholarships to continue their soccer careers. The younger talent on the team have been playing for at least ten years, and should be able to step up, and fans say they are looking forward to watching Long Beach’s success continue for years to come.