Wave falls in emotional game at MSMS

The Green Wave’s Henry Harrell (18) defends as Alex Harper (2) looks to help.
Staff Writer

Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science scored three second half goals to take a 5-2 win over visiting West Point boys soccer in an emotional game Thursday night.
The MSMS team helped the Green Wave pay tribute to team member Jonathan Fondren, who died tragically in a traffic accident Tuesday night, two days before the season opener.

Fondren’s cousin, seventh-grader Camden Payne, wore his jersey number 23.

The MSMS team greeted Fondren’s parents, offered them hugs and released green and white balloons before the start of the game in a tribute to the 16-year-old.

Cole Ross scored the Green Wave’s first goal in the first half with an assist from Antonio Facella.

Aaron Brown scored a second half goal with an assist from senior captain Chris Lee.
The game was tied 2-2 in the second half before MSMS, one of the region’s top teams, went on a late run.

“We played good ball, we played good defense, we had fun just like Jonathan would have wanted us to, we played hard just like him,” coach Steve Cannon said of his team.
“I think we have a good team, we’re going to be ok. Camden played good defense, all of the seventh graders stepped up and did a good job. I am very proud of how they played, how the whole team played,” the coach continued.

Fondren had been slated to start the game at goalie, leaving Cannon having to make a quick adjustment.

Timothy Melton, an athlete and football player who had never played the position, stepped in, even though he and the football team had a playoff game Friday night.

“Coach Chambless let him come over and play. He stepped in and did a good job for never having played the position or practiced the position. He was tough in there,” Cannon noted of Melton, who is one of five football players who will join the team after football.

The Wave’s next game is Nov. 27 at South Panola.