CLINTON – A matchup of last season’s top boys soccer teams in MHSAA and MAIS lived up to expectations Saturday evening, as Madison Central edged Jackson Prep 1-0 in the final game of the Clinton Invitational.
The only goal came late in the first half when Tyler McKenzie scored from 10 feet out.
“Branden (Livingston) threw it in, somebody in the box jumped up and flipped it over the top and Ridge (Brohaugh) was waiting at the back post.” McKenzie said. “He kicked it back and it kind of bounded right to me.”
It was the second game of the day and third in two days for both teams. But if they were tired, it didn’t show, with 80 minutes of an intense matchup that left the two coaches satisfied.
“I think we showed a lot of character coming off a 2-1 loss to St. Paul, the Louisiana state champs, and coming back against the premier program in the private schools, Jackson Prep,” said Madison Central coach Cecil Hinds. “It was a very keenly competed game. Two very competitive teams fighting from the first whistle to the very end.”
Prep coach Jon Marcus Duncan said, “It was a great weekend for us. I learned that we have a great program at Jackson Prep. We competed with three great programs this weekend. It’s very encouraging for us as we go forward.”
Other Clinton Invitational games
Madison Central 2, Clinton 1: Connor Johnson scored both Jaguar goals in a Friday night game, including the winner on a penalty kick in the final minute. Orion Anderson scored for the Arrows.
St. Paul 1, Jackson Prep 0: St. Paul showed why it is the top-ranked team in Louisiana with one-goal wins against three of the top teams in Mississippi to improve to 13-0-1. Andrew Bouillette scored against Prep in a Friday night game.
St. Paul 2, Clinton 1: Davis Neitzschman scored both St. Paul goals. Minh Van had Clinton’s goal.
St. Paul 2, Madison Central 1: The Jaguars suffered their first loss on St. Paul goals by Michael Bourdeaux and Matthew Dysart. Livingston scored for Madison Central.
Jackson Prep 5, Clinton 0: The Patriots broke the game open with four second half goals. “They ran out of gas,” Duncan said. “It was their third game and our second.” Ross Carter scored the only first-half goal on a blast from 35 yards. Jacob McNeely had three second-half goals, all on breakaways, and Kirk McGehee added the final goal.