Goblins slip past Cats at home

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Berryville's Jerry Valdez (8) leaps in an attempt to score against Harrison. (Chan Davis / Carroll County News)

BERRYVILLE -- Berryville fell to 11-6 overall with a 1-0 loss to Harrison in an unscheduled affair at Bobcat Stadium.

Harrison scored off a corner kick minutes into the first half and both teams played the middle of the field for the remainder of the outing, missing multiple opportunities to hit the back of the net.

"It was kind of a lucky goal I guess," Berryville coach Don Earnest said. "The ball was played in and we got a piece of it. We tried to clear it and it got deflected around and bounced in. (Goalkeeper) Jake (Parks) got a hand on it but not enough to stop it. Those are going to happen if you give teams opportunities right in front of your goal."

Berryville made a late charge as time expired in the opening half, hitting the crossbar with eight seconds left on the clock. The Goblins also diffused a scoring opportunity with two minute left when Jose Sanchez attempted to convert from the left side.

Sanchez was denied after pulling the goalie out of position. Sanchez slipped the ball past the goalie only to have a Harrison defender intercept the shot and deflect it out of bounds.

"His momentum was carrying him away and he wasn't able to get enough on it," Earnest said. "And their defender came in and saved it. We had chances. We hit the post with eight seconds left and had other chances that went wide. It was just one of those games."

The Cats were without two starters, Oliver Perez and Selvin Reyes, forcing Earnest to go to the bench for help.

"We were a little tired because we played the night before," Earnest said. "Plus, it's hard for guys to come off the bench who normally don't play the entire game to put in those minutes."

The loss is not a major concern for Earnest, who said the Cats are primed for playoff action.

"I took away from this as it being just an extra game," he said. "We are fine. We are right where we need to be. Could we have played better? Sure. But we played well. I would rather lose to them 1-0 than beat another team 10-0. Tomorrow we will be better than we were today. And I would rather it happen here than one of the games coming up."

Berryville continues its conference schedule today at Dardanelle and takes a 4-0 1-4A Conference record into the affair. Perez is expected to miss his second straight game while competing at a track meet.

"They were really good last year and we beat them 4-0," Earnest said. "I expect to go win."

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