Berrville boys, girls win, advance to state soccer quarterfinals

Friday, May 11, 2012
Alex Perez kicks in a goal and scores for the Berryville Bobcats late Thursday afternoon at the 4A state championship tournament held at Burns Park in North Little Rock. David Bell / Carroll County News

Neither the Berryville Bobcats nor the Lady Bobcats messed around on Thursday in the opening round of the state 4A soccer championships.

Both the boys' and the girls' teams won their matches, and as a result they advanced to the quarterfinals that will be held today at North Little Rock's Burns Park. Green Forest lost its championshiop tournament game on Thursday to Clarksville.

The Lady Bobcats played first, and the game was never in doubt -- so much so that the mercy rule was eventually invoked to end the contest.

Led by Yoyci Lopez -- who scored half the team's goals during the game -- the Lady 'Cats defeated the Wickes Warriors 6-0.

Lopez, no stranger to standout soccer play for Berryville, scored the team's second, fourth and fifth goals. Other scorers were Alexis Rubio, Rachel Lehr and Betsy Boche.

The girls will meet St. Joseph of Conway at noon today, May 11.

Berryville's boys also made relatively easy work of their opponent Thursday, defeating Subiaco Academy 5-1, with a lot of help from Jose Martinez, who scored twice for the Bobcats, and from additional scorers Alex Perez and Selvin Reyes.

Pablo Villatora maintained control of the midfield throughout the game for the Bobcats; Subiaco was allowed only a handful of shots on goal all day.

But Berryville's speed and energy outlasted Subiaco's, and the Bobcats were largely successful at controlling the ball as well.

"We tried to make them chase us and use their energy trying to catch up to the ball," explained Coach Don Earnest. "We were by far the faster team out there today."

Yoyci Lopez scored three of the Lady Bobcats' six goals during their win on Thursday. They play St. Joseph at noon today. David Bell / Carroll County News

The Berryville boys now advance to meet the winner of today's Warren-St. Joseph contest, starting at 2 p.m. today.

If either Berryville team wins today, they will advance to the semifinal game on Saturday; watch Carroll County News' website,, or our Facebook page,, for continuing updates on the games and scores.

The games are being hosted by Episcopal Collegiate School in Little Rock.

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