Bobcats win another conference game

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Berryville soccer team has shown consistency all year. That continued in Thursday's 7-0 home victory over Prairie Grove.

"It was the best we have played," Berryville coach Joey Curtis said. "I was really proud of the guys. We had told them how big of a game it was and they really rose to the occasion."

A goal by Gustavo Branchini in the first half gave the Bobcats a 1-0 lead going into halftime, but it felt as if Berryville was controlling the pace of the game.

"We felt like we controlled the ball on our end for 70, 75 percent of the game, but in the first half we just didn't get the looks that we did in the second half," Curtis said.

The Bobcats came out in the second half and scored a goal 10 minutes into the second half and Daniel Portillo scored a rebound goal to take a 3-0 lead.

"Once it got to 3-0, you could see them start to put their heads down," Curtis said. "It was like sharks smelling blood in the water. We just kept attacking."

Berryville's Jesse Diaz scored a breakaway goal to make it 4-0 midway through the second half. Oliver Perez scored two goals as the game came to a close to win 7-0.

"We played our best game," Curtis said. "That's two games in a row now so I'm extremely happy."

Curtis was proud of his defenders, Sam Muia, Carlos Garduno, Marco Garcia and Marvin Maldonado.

"They kept Antonio, our keeper, clean all night," Curtis said. "He didn't have to do hardly anything."

Curtis said he saw some Green Forest soccer players at the game and he knows that Monday's home game against the Tigers is a big one.

"They were cheering on Prairie Grove when they would do something good," Curtis said. "It's a rivalry game and it's going to be a fun one Monday night."

Berryville 7, Prairie Grove 2

The Lady Bobcats did to Prairie Grove what they have done to every other conference opponent they have faced this year, win with ease.

"We are starting to figure a few things out," Berryville coach Aaron Hall said.

Mary-Kennedy Jackson and Cecilia Flores each scored goals for Berryville in the first half, as they took a 3-0 lead into halftime. Melanie Beristain and Maryn Jones each scored goals in the second half en route to the victory.

"Our next four opponents, its huge," Hall said. "If you look at the standings, there are five teams battling for four spots and we play those teams in our next four games. Our season is in our hands."

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