TUPELO – In a match that featured big plays, Madison Central made one more than Tupelo.
The visiting Jaguars scored on a header off a corner kick with eight minutes remaining in the second overtime to defeat the Golden Wave 2-1 in the MHSAA Class 6A state soccer semifinals at Renasant Field.
Madison Central (18-3-1) advanced to play Ocean Springs for the state championship Saturday at Clinton High School.
Tupelo (18-2-1), which suffered its second loss of the season to the Jaguars, saw its season come to an end.
“They had an opportunity in the second overtime and they finished it,” Golden Wave coach Harris Faucette said.
On the go-ahead play, forward Ridge Brohaugh headed the ball in off a corner kick by midfielder Gage Giles to give Madison Central its winning edge.
“It really came down to the final plays,” Jaguars coach Cecil Hinds said. “You had two very competitive teams playing. Tupelo had a tremendous season. It’s unfortunate that only one team could win tonight.”
Madison Central broke open a scoreless match in the 57th minute when a deflected shot by Luke Comfort slipped past Tupelo senior keeper Brandon White.
It looked like a routine play for White, who recorded six first-half saves, but the deflection caused the ball to spin to his left and into the net.
“I couldn’t tell who deflected it. I saw it deflected and it went to the side,” Faucette said. “That’s just part of it. Brandon White played a great game.”
White had a save minutes later to keep Madison Central from taking a 2-0 lead.
“I felt like we would have the momentum, but we missed on that attempt,” Hinds said. “I thought both teams were deflated a little bit after the three goals were scored.
Tupelo answered within six minutes of the Jaguars’ score to tie the match at 1-1. Jacob Overton scored on a header off a line drive corner kick by Logan Little, that nearly went in.
Little’s goal and penalty kick gave Tupelo its quarterfinals win last Saturday against Northwest Rankin.