Lady Highlander soccer team notches first-ever win versus Mena Bearcats
EUREKA SPRINGS-- (Editor's Note: ESHS soccer coach Mike Shreya Smith reported the following information about recent games the teams have played.)
The Highlander soccer teams had their first road trip of the season on Tuesday, March 13, visiting the fine new 'C' street all-weather surface high school fields in Bentonville and playing the home-team junior varsity sides.
The Eureka girls had a difficult time stopping the fast-paced and accurate wing passing of the well disciplined Lady Bulldog attacking strikers.
The boys also had their hands full containing the lively Bentonville forwards' aggressive play and powerful shooting. Final scores: Bentonville JV Girls 6, Lady Highlanders 0; Bentonville JV boys 4, Highlanders 0.
On Friday, March 16 at the Leatherwood ball fields, Eureka entertained the boys and girls teams from Mena High School.
The Lady Highlanders played first against the Lady Bearcats and were lucky not to go behind in the first half as the visitors pressed with close shots on goal.
Goalkeeper Hannah Milligan made some fine saves as the depleted home side pressed back and were rewarded with a penalty kick, converted by Sonny Flowers on the second attempt.
Shortly after the visitors also converted a penalty kick for a handball offense. The game, now very even at 1-1, hung in the balance.
The Jeppsen sisters played strong defense and defender Shannon Philips saved a certain Mena score with a last-ditch goal-line clearance.
Michelle Beard had a fine shot tipped over the bar as the home team counter-attacked quickly to pressure the Bearcat defense with incisive running and dribbling to let Sonny Flowers power through for a hard, low shot on goal, beating the Mena goalie for the Lady Highlanders first-ever win in a hard-fought game.
The Highlander boys, also missing a number of key players due to spring break, had a more difficult task with the hard-running aggressive style of the Mena boys, who seemed little affected by the long road trip.
The patched up Eureka defense held out for long periods with Jordan Piepers, Travis Graham and Robert McClung playing strongly. The Bearcat boys got up by five goals before the Eureka boys could recover and get two back through leading scorer Dominik Hoffmann, one a converted penalty kick. Final score: Highlanders 2, Mena 5.