Poplarville, Miss. –  The Southern States Soccer Club Stars U19 team lost their undefeated record in NPSL pilot league play Friday night. The Stars faced in-state rival Port City for the first time but could not find the finishing necessary to give them a chance of winning the game. The match-up was played at Pearl River Community College in Poplarville. The Port City Sounders jumped out to a one-goal lead around the 11-minute mark and held the advantage into the half-time break. The Stars were creating opportunities but their final ball and finishing fell short of what was needed. Michael Colburn continually caused problems for the Sounders down the right side but often his crosses were unable to find a Stars forward. As the game progressed later into the second half and the Stars took risks pressing forward the play began to open more through the midfield. It was the home team who took advantage with two further strikes on goal and with them, the Stars fell to a first season defeat. The game was memorable as the first rivalry game between the two clubs. The rivalry will continue when the Stars host the Sounders later this month at The Oakes.

Michael Colburn