Berryville soccer boys fall, end run for state title

Saturday, May 12, 2012 ~ Updated 8:45 PM
A Berryville Bobcat moves the ball upfield during Saturday's semifinal state championship game at North Little Rock against DeQueen. More photos from the game are available at our online photo gallery at Josh Barron / Special to Carroll County News

NORTH LITTLE ROCK - DeQueen's depth proved to be the difference in a 2-0 victory over the Berryville Bobcats in the 4A-State soccer semifinals at Burns Park in North Little Rock on Saturday afternoon.

"Their depth bothered us," Berryville Coach Don Earnest said. "Them having 40 or 50 kids to rotate and we're playing 12 or 13, it was tough."

Berryville battled DeQueen to a scoreless first half. The Bobcats generated three scoring opportunities, but one shot was wide of the goal, the second was blocked and the third time passed out side of an open net. Defensively, Berryville shut down DeQueen twice in the first half.

Both teams missed penalty kicks early in the second half, but DeQueen was able to get a goal on a break away at the 10 minute mark. Then with only a few minutes left in the game, DeQueen put in a left corner shot for a 2-0 lead.

Berryville tried to mount a come back and got the ball deep into DeQueen territory, but was defensively regulated to outside shots at the goal.

"We had some chances in the first half that we usually finish and just couldn't," Earnest said. "They [DeQueen] finished a couple in the second half. That's the way it goes sometimes."

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