Tigers remain tied atop conference

Friday, April 12, 2013
Santiago Martinez (10) takes a shot in a 1-0 win against Gentry Thursday. (Chan Davis / Carroll County News)

GREEN FOREST -- Green Forest improved to 5-2-1 overall and 3-0 in league play with a 1-0 blanking of Gentry Thursday afternoon at Tiger Field.

It was the first loss of the season for the Pioneers (5-1-1, 2-1).

Rolyn Perez converted mid way through the second half for the only score of the game, which was dominated by defensive play from both teams.

"He dribbled past three defenders down the right side," Green Forest coach Juan Zuazua said. "The goalie came out and he put it past him. The angle was not good but he managed to put it in."

Green Forest goalie Oldin Soto made just one save in the match as the Tiger defense controlled the ball.

"He made a save in the first half that turned out to be very important," Zuazua said. "And Hector Lopez played a great game. He is our main defender."

The Pioneers drew two yellow cards, allowing the Tigers to play against a short-handed defense that eventually surrendered Perez's game winner.

"They are better than last year," Zuazua said. "I was expecting something like this. I knew it was going to be tough."

Green Forest is tied among the conference leaders, including Berryville, which currently stands 1-0 in a conference that includes schools from 2A-4A, including Eureka Springs and Green Forest's next oppoenent, Subiaco Academy.

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