Soccer teams fight cold, big-school opponents

Friday, February 26, 2010
Berryville's Jeanette Morfin, right, and teammate Michelle Galicia doubleteamed a Van Buren player to keep the ball away from their goal Tuesday night in Bobcat Stadium. The Lady Bobcats lost 4-2 on a freezing cold night, but the boys took their match 4-1, with Alex Perez scoring all four goals for Berryville. David McNeal / CCN

CARROLL COUNTY -- County soccer teams were in action this week in spite of unusually cold temperatures that were reported to be 15 degrees below average. Coaches reported the following results.


Vs. Rogers

The Bobcat teams traveled to play 7A Rogers Heritage on Monday, with the JV boys taking a 3-0 loss.

"We played hard and had some chances, they just played a little better than we did," Coach Don Earnest said.

The varsity girls took a 5-2 loss, with Betzy Boche and Yulianna Castillo each scoring a goal.

"We didn't play real well. I think the cold affected the girls quite a bit, but we are still working hard," Earnest said. "As long as we do that, we will be fine."

The varisty boys saw Rogers score early on a penalty kick to take the lead and were never able to overcome that in a 4-0 loss.

"Roberto Renteria and Alonso Martinez played well, played very hard," Earnest said. "We had some chances, we just weren't able to cash in when we did.

"Our effort was better as the game went on. That early penalty kick kind of put us behind the eight-ball right off the bat.

"We won't play anybody in 4A that can beat that team. They were better than us on that night," Earnest said.

Vs. Van Buren

The Lady Bobcats lost 4-2 on a freezing cold and windy night, with Betzy Boche and Makayla Smith scoring the goals. The team trailed 2-0 at halftime, then made a comeback.

"The girls played really well the second half, came out and scored two goals in about a minute and a half and made a game of it," Coach Earnest said.

"The effort still needs to get better in the first half so we don't have to spend so much effort and time trying to come back in the second."

The boys' game was set as a JV match, with Berryville winning 4-1. Alex Perez scored all four goals.

"The boys played really hard and together really well," Earnest said. Jose Sanchez played a real solid midfield for us and made some very playable balls through the middle.

"Alex Perez and Jose Martinez did a real good job at keeping the pressure up to allow is to get chances to score our goals.

"Martin Tellez and Hasler Morales did a nice job defensively to keep Van Buren from scoring after their first goal.

"All in all, it was a real solid effort from what will be our team of the future," Earnest said.

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