Tigers, Bobcats to battle in AAAA State Soccer Tourney
CARROLL COUNTY -- The Berryville Bobcat and Green Forest Tiger boys soccer teams both qualified for the AAAA State Soccer Tournament in Little Rock this weekend with the last two seeds out of the AAAA-West region.
Berryville finished 10-1-1 overall after taking a 2-0 non-conference win over Springdale Har-Ber on Tuesday and are the third seed at state. They face Arkadelphia at Burns Park in North Little Rock at 4 p.m. this Saturday. A victory would put them playing again on Monday at 5:30.
Green Forest is the fourth seed and faces top-seeded Hope at noon this Saturday in Burns Park.
Berryville vs Har-Ber
Efren Trujillo scored the first goal for Berryville when he took a pass from teammate Jorge Mojica in the center and put it inside the right post.
Mojica, always a scoring threat, headed a shot in just minutes later, but it was disallowed due to an offsides call. Luis Ramirez, playing the other side, then scored off a 25-yard free kick that beat Har-Ber's keeper to make it 2-0.
On the other end of the field, Bobcat keeper Nehemias Lopez was working hard on a shutout, saving one good scoring try by Har-Ber the first half, then stopping five shots the second half.
The Bobcats beat Subiaco 8-0 on Friday, April 21, to wrap up their regular season.
The Lady Bobcats couldn't match two early goals in the first half by the Har-Ber Lady Wildcats, and a final one near the end of the game. Berryville ended its season with a 2-5 record.
Green Forest vs. Greenwood
The Tiger boys had to defeat Greenwood last Friday to earn the fourth seed in state, with Coach Marc McCutcheon saying, "It was all on the line. We were down 1-0 at the half. Then we scored three goals in the last 20 minutes of the game.
"Henry Pineda got two goals and Julio Guzman one. Trey Kerby had some good assists, and Tyler Watson on defense was clearing the ball, kicking it 60 yards downfield, setting us off on offense."
Coach McCutcheon said the Lady Tigers were down 3-0 at halftime, then "shut them out, held them off the second half. We competed this year, had a number of one goal losses. We held Harrison to 0-0 at the half."
McCutcheon noted the conference changes next year, with more 2A and 3A schools in the league, and the 4A and 5A schools playing up.