Gulfport stuns Ocean Springs in state semis

Kyle Beard headed home a goal with two minutes left to give Gulfport (Miss.) a 1-0 victory over POWERADE FAB 50 No. 17 and previously undefeated Ocean Springs (Miss.) in the Mississippi Class 6A state semifinals.

The result is significant for the future POWERADE FAB 50 rankings of teams in Arizona, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi. Gulfport went 1-2 at the Montverde Academy Soccer Tournament in Montverde, Fla., in mid-January, where it lost to Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) 8-0 and Brophy Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.) 2-1. Considering that Louisiana No. 1 Jesuit (New Orleans, La.) twice tied Ocean Springs, Gulfport's victory over Ocean Springs helps validate the quality of the top Florida programs over teams from Louisiana and Mississippi.