Press Release from MaxPreps
The Brandon girls varsity soccer team finished No. 12 nationally for their 2017-2018 season. The announcement was made by MaxPreps, the online high school sports leader and a CBSSports.com site. MaxPreps ranks over 16,000 girls’ varsity soccer teams each fall.
"Each year, nearly thirty-four thousand varsity soccer teams take the field in hopes of being champions. Nationwide, the best-of-the-best qualify for recognition on The MaxPreps Tour of Champions. Together, with the Army National Guard, MaxPreps honors the most outstanding teams in the nation for their state championship performance and elite national level ranking,” said Andy Beal, president and founder of MaxPreps. “Congratulations to the Brandon Lady Bulldogs players, coaches and fans for an amazing year and for earning the Army National Guard's national ranking trophy."
Brandon capped another highly successful season with a 1-0 win over Northwest Rankin to claim their second MHSAA Class 6A Girls Soccer State Title. They previously won the state title in 2012. Senior and Georgia State commit, Jocelyn Jones led the Lady Bulldogs with 23 goals and 10 assists while the team outscored their opponents 87-13 and posted 14 shutouts. Brandon High School is one of ten girls’ soccer teams being honored on the 13th annual MaxPreps Tour of Champions presented by the Army National Guard, which is in its seventh year honoring soccer.
“The difference this year was the togetherness of this group and how hard they worked for each other. Having great leadership in my captains and a great staff was tremendous for us,” stated Jeremy Shortt, who completed his third year as head coach. “Our first game against Oak Grove showed that we belonged and could compete with anyone on any given stage. We showed a lot of quality and determination and had the willingness to not give up.”
When asked what it means to be honored by MaxPreps and the Army National Guard, Coach Shortt stated, “It’s a tremendous honor. It definitely puts our program in the spotlight and showcases the team’s achievements. To be one of ten girl’s soccer programs honored says a lot about what our program is all about.”
Mississippi Army National Guard Staff Sergeant Joshua Seymour presented Coach Shortt and the girls with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy on Tuesday morning during a school assembly. Along with the trophy, the team received a banner for their success.
"The Army National Guard embodies teamwork and a commitment to community and country. Just as your team joins together to defeat adversity and claim the victory, the Army National Guard stands in solidarity to protect our local communities and the United States of America as a whole," said Sergeant First Class Felicia Moore. "On behalf of the Army National Guard, I am honored to recognize this nationally ranked championship team for their dedication, perseverance and teamwork."
MaxPreps Computer Rankings are used to determine team rank for the Tour of Champions. The system utilizes the huge number of game results stored in the MaxPreps database. Generally, the more a team wins the higher the ranking, but the system takes into account quality wins (against other highly ranked opponents), margin of victory, and strength of schedule. Playoff games are weighted 2.1 times a regular season game.
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