Tigers confident after defeating Huntsville

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Green Forest soccer coach Jonathan Bryant has stressed the importance of playing a complete game this season. After getting a 5-1 home victory over the Huntsville Eagles, they finally did.

"The team is playing amazing right now," Bryant said. "I wouldn't want to be any team facing us right now. We are clicking. We are listening. We are trusting each other. We are listening. Good things are happening so it's a joy to watch these guys play."

Green Forest controlled the game early and Jose Hernandez finally broke through with the first goal of the game for Green Forest 12 minutes into the game. Huvense Rivas added a breakaway goal two minutes later for the Tigers. Seconds later, Huntsville caught Green Forest sleeping and scored, to make it 2-1 going into halftime.

"The ball movement is spectacular right now," Bryant said. "We have great one touch and moving on. Instead of just watching the ball, we are making sure we have possession and then looking to see who is open. Our possessions are key for us right now."

Both teams came out sluggish to start the second half, but a Hernandez penalty kick gave Green Forest a 3-1 lead with 30 minutes remaining. Minutes later, Rivas made a goal from just outside the penalty box. It came off a Carlos Lemus assist. Midway through the second half, Edson Merida scored to get the 5-1 victory. While the win on Friday was nice, Bryant could tell his team was already looking ahead to Monday's game at Berryville.

"We gotta take care of business one game at a time, but yeah, Berryville's is a huge game," Bryant said. "It's a big rivalry and we have to make sure we are on top of our game."

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