Tigers struggling to score early

Friday, March 10, 2017

The Green Forest soccer team has played two matches thus far. Through those two matches, the Tigers have yet to score a point. Looks can be deceiving, though, because the Tigers have a 2-0 road loss to Bentonville West and another 1-0 road loss to Mountain Home.

"We are looking good on defense," Green Forest coach Jonathan Bryant said. "We have a brand-new goalie from Lead Hill. I think when it's all said and done we are going to be a pretty good team, but right now we are trying to mesh together. When we figure that out, I think we are going to be a pretty dangerous team."

When conference play begins in a few weeks, Bryant is hopeful the Tigers will see goalies that aren't so big.

"We have had some good shots on goal, but hopefully when conference play begins we will stop seeing these 6-2, 6-3 goalies," Bryant said. "That's all we have seen so far is massive goalies. I'm hoping to see some guys our size."

Last year, Bryant and the Tigers struggled with depth. Bryant believes he will have more players to rely on this year.

"I have a freshman, he is extremely fast," Bryant said. "He is a spark plug for us. We put him in and give one of our forwards a break. Last year, I had depth. But I have extreme depth this year. Last year, I could take people out, but I couldn't keep them out long. This year, I can actually give them some time. I have some freshmen to come in and play defense. I have some sophomores to come in and play about every position but goalie."

Bryant is optimistic about the overall outlook for this season.

"We still have some guys vying for spots, but once we get that figured out I think we can be one of the better teams in the conference," Bryant said.

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