Tigers get past Huntsville

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

When things aren't going your way in a game, you must keep your composure. That is what Green Forest did in a 1-0 victory at Huntsville on Friday night.

"It was an extremely stressful game," Green Forest coach Jonathan Bryant said. "We had about four goals that were taken off the board pretty late. We would score. Our guys would jump around, celebrate, scream, holler and then all of a sudden the offsides flag would come up. In all honesty, we probably should have won that game 7-0 or 8-0, but we only won 1-0. You don't blame the officiating, but it was pretty bad on both sides."

Green Forest's goal came in the first half. Senior goalkeeper Rodolph Canoy assisted on the goal.

"He saved one and kicked it as far as he could," Bryant said. "It took a big hop and Huvense (Rivas) grabbed it, made a couple moves to make the defense miss him. He was one-on-one with the goalie and he put it in."

Bryant was proud of the way Canoy played throughout the game.

"There were a couple of shots, where in the past, he let through," Bryant said. "He played great, though. He put the ball where it need to be. He was putting the ball in position where our guys were getting it and their guys were having trouble."

Bryant feels optimistic heading into Tuesday's game against Berryville.

"There are still times when we play with the ball too much, but when we are moving quick, it looks nice out there and they are very good," Bryant said. "I just hope we don't get that nervousness where, 'oh it's Berryville, I don't know if I can do this.' And I hope they don't get this nervousness saying 'oh it's Green Forest. I don't know if we can do this.' I want the two best teams playing. That's what's so great about this game between these two teams. It's bragging rights for a year. I don't want one team to be dominate over another."

Patrick Hunter finished the game with six steals, while Urbano Reyes and Carlos Herrarte each had five. On Tuesday, Berryville travels to Green Forest. The match is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.

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