Soccer Bobcats play for state title -- Mojica's three goals turn (hat) trick in semifinals
LITTLE ROCK -- They're in, the last team from Carroll County in the state soccer tournament and one game away from completing all four of their season's goals.
The Berryville Bobcats defeated Little Rock Lutheran 3-1 on Monday, then wore out Crowley's Ridge 6-1 on Tuesday behind a hat trick (3 goals) from Jorge Mojica.
That put them in the Class 4A Championship game today at 5:30 p.m. at LadyBack Soccer field in Fayetteville, facing Clarksville, a team they defeated 2-0 earlier this season.
"They have an outstanding goalie," Coach Don Earnest said about the Clarksville Panther team. "He made the winning kick against Central Arkansas Christian on Tuesday."
The Bobcats are 16-2-1, with those two losses to 7A teams Springdale and Fort Smith Southside. Three of their goals this season were to beat 5A?Harrison and Siloam Springs, and county rival Green Forest. Those three were accomplished.
The fourth goal was to win state and Friday, May 4, is the day.
Tuesday, May 1
vs. Crowley's Ridge
Luis Ramirez and Emilio Trujillo started the scoring with a goal each, then Jorge Mojica took over, scoring three goals after Crowley's Ridge bounced a shot off Bobcat goalkeeper Nehemias Lopez for a rebound goal.
Mojica turned the game into a blowout by scoring all three goals in a nine-minute span, with Ramirez adding another goal for a 6-1 halftime score.
"We spread the field and used our speed,"?Coach Don Earnest said. "We were offsides a lot, but their goalie came out too far and the boys punched the ball up over his head for goals.
"Jorge got a hat trick (three goals), Luis two and Emilio the other. I subbed the second half and everybody got to play in a semifinal game at state."
Mojica has scored 26 goals this year, six of those in the state playoffs, many off of assists from teammate Luis Ramirez.
Monday, April 30
Vs. Little Rock Lutheran
Coach Earnest said this game was nerve-racking, although the Bobcats led 2-0 at halftime on goals by Emilio Trujillo and Jorge Gil.
"They scored quickly after the half and it was 2-1 until Jorge Mojica got a goal late,"?Earnest said. "That one took the pressure off.
"I thought our goalie, Nehemias Lopez, may have had his best day all year. Lutheran had a big stud, Mac Barnes, and Nehemias blocked him and knocked their shots away all day.
"Our defense played great. Will Marley played lights out. Emilio Trujillo got our first goal off the corner, and Jorge Gil our second off an assist by Luis Ramirez."