Kickin' it Bobcat style: Berryville teams claim conference championships

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Alexis Rubio sets up a goal by teammate Betzy Boche two seconds later in the Lady Bobcats win over cross-county rival Green Forest on Thursday for the 4A-North conference championship. Photo by David Bell

GREEN FOREST -- The Berryville boys and girls soccer teams claimed the 4A-North conference championship on Thursday afternoon by defeating host Green Forest 2-1 and 7-0, respectively.

The Bobcat teams improved to 5-0 in the standing, which have included defeats of larger schools like Rogers Heritage.

In the girl's contest, Berryville scored six straight goals in the first 20 minutes to invoke the time limit sportsmanship rule.

"We've got a good bracket playing a number four seed from Clarksville's conference," Berryville Coach Dough Scheel said. "Our goal was to get to state, but it would be great to win a couple of games there. And winning state, well that would be the gravy."

Alexis Rubio and Rachael Lehr both had two goals for Berryville in the championship contest.

Alexis Rubio sets up a goal by teammate Betzy Boche two seconds later in the Lady Bobcats win over cross-county rival Green Forest on Thursday for the 4A-North conference championship. Photo by David Bell

"Green Forest was playing good defense, but we held our cool and kept taking shots that eventually started going in," Scheel said."

The win marked a 10-2 overall record and a perfect 7-0 conferenc season for the Lady Bobcats.

However, the Berryville boys didn't have it so easy. At 26:03 in the first half, Berryville scored its first goal by Juan Mojica, who raced down field and beat the Green Forest defender on the play.

It didn't take long for Green Forest to answer.

Manuerving down field, a flurry of near perfect boots landed the ball deep in Berryville territory. In only 11 seconds, Green Forest scored its first goal to tie the game 1-1.

The match was a standoff for the rest of the first half.

But Berryville took the advantage again with a goal by Jose Perez two and a half minutes into the second period. Perez battled three other Green Forest defenders for an opportunity to kick the winning goal from 10-feet away.

"Jose has been a scoring machine for us for the last two years," Berryville Coach Don Earnest said. "Looks like we're going to be playing Subiaco Academy, but I believe we are the better team and should come out with a win.

"If we can make it to the semifinals and beat DeQueen, I think we might have a shot at it all."

Perez' goal proved to be the conference championship shot.

"Two mistakes cost us two goals," said Green Forest coach Juan Zuazua. "We had chances to store but couldn't."

Green Forest threatened later in the second half, but the Berryville defense didn't allow an open shot on goal.

AT LEFT: The Berryville Bobcats defeated Green Forest 2-1 to claim the 4A North Conference title. Photo by David Bell
The undefeated 4A North Conference champions, the Berryville Lady Bobcats. Photo by David Bell

Berryville boys and girls, and Green Forest boys will play at the 4A in Burns Park in North Little Rock beginning on Thursday.

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