Lady Bobcats bow out of state tournament after win over eStem, loss to Valley View
LITTLE ROCK -- Berryville's run at a state soccer title came to an end Saturday at Burns Park in North Little Rock as the Lady Bobcats dropped a 6-0 outing to Valley View in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A State Tournament.
The Lady Cats opened the event on Friday with a 7-0 win over eStem, a charter school in downtown Little Rock. But Valley View proved to be too much for an injury-plagued Berryville team that was shut out for the first time this year.
"We just got beat by a better team," Berryville coach Aaron Hall said. "But we had a good year. We have nothing to hang our heads about. With the injuries, I feel like we were behind the eight ball. Hopefully this is the last time we will have this many injuries."
One key injury late in the year was goalie Haley Skelton. Skelton missed the entire playoffs are having surgery two weeks ago after finding a cyst on her ovary. Hall tried two different replacements and had success until the Lady Cats ran into Valley View.
"They were a little bigger and stronger at every position," Hall said. "They look like a 5A school, which they will be next year. You just have to tip your cap and go on I guess."
Yoyci Perez lit up the net in Friday's win, scoring four times as the Lady Cats had their way with eStem. Rachel Lehr, Leslie Tellez and Margie Tom added goals to propel Berryville into the second round.
"Margie scored our first goal," Hall said. "She did what we have been asking her to do which was to be aggressive and put it on frame. It was a nice solid goal that got us off on the right foot."
From that point forward the Lady Cats scored nearly at will in the first half, allowing Hall to substitute players in and out.
But the Lady Cats fell behind early to Valley View and never found the back of the net.
"It was 4-0 in the first 25 minutes," Hall said. "From that point forward things were pretty even. It was a really nice game. But we were down 4-0. You have to try to get one. We had scored at least two goals in every game this year and they held us out."
The Lady Cats concluded the season with a 9-3-1 record.