Bobcats change lineup as match with GF looms

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Berryville's Abdieel Torres works his way through two Siloam Springs defenders last week.
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With the biggest rivalry game of the year coming up against Green Forest, it was important for the Berryville Bobcats to stay focused on the task at hand on Thursday evening at Prairie Grove. The Bobcats were successful in doing that by getting a 7-2 victory.

"It was a really good game for us," Berryville coach Joey Curtis said. "To go on the road against a quality opponent, beat them like we did, it was a good win for us. We had some guys step up for us."

One player who stepped up offensively for the Bobcats was freshman Robert Marts, who scored three goals. Curtis believes those are his first goals in a Bobcat uniform.

"To do that as a freshman was pretty cool to see," Curtis said. "As far as touching the ball, he is one of our top five guys. It was good to see him have a good game because he is such a hard worker."

Another freshman who stepped up in Thursday's game is Robert Quickavix, who is replacing Brian Tovar as Berryville's goalie.

"He stopped a penalty kick, which is pretty tough to do," Curtis said. "He had a pretty good game overall. We had a lot of confidence in him and it was just nice seeing it all come to fruition last week."

Curtis is finding ways to utilize Tovar in other ways.

"Brian is a really good forward," Curtis said. "Forward is a spot we have been lacking the last couple of years and to be able to move Brian to forward helps us offensively. It makes our offense significantly better because he can score."

Curtis knows the Bobcats are looking forward to Tuesday's game at Green Forest.

"There is a lot riding on that game in terms of playoff positioning," Curtis said. "I feel like we are going into this game with some momentum playing one of the best teams in 4A. Tomorrow night could really tell how the rest of our season could go as far as playoff positioning. Our kids are excited for it. They are amped up, just like Green Forest I'm sure."

Sergio Escobar also scored two goals, while Jesse Diaz and Manny Tellez each scored one.

Berryville 2, Prairie Grove 0

Winning games on the road in conference play is always a good thing, but when the other team only has two shots on goal, you expect to win going away. That wasn't the case for the Lady Bobcats on Thursday night.

"We made some little mistakes," Berryville coach Aaron Hall said. "When you have an extra touch to get 10 or 15 feet closer, but shoot it from way out. Or then, try to go through three people when a pass was there. Just some mistakes. We had a lot of shots on goal, we just didn't score off of them. We win 2-0, wasn't our best game, but winning on the road against a quality opponent is always a good thing."

Before Berryville's big game with Green Forest, the Lady Bobcats hosted Shiloh Christian on Monday. Hall knew this was going to be a big game for his team.

"We know we have to play better against them because there are three or four teams that have a chance to win the conference," Hall said. "It's possible to even have a three-way tie with all of us. Hopefully we learn and move forward. Realize that we did do some good things against Prairie Grove and do better with the things we didn't do as well."

Cecilia Flores and Karleigh Giles each scored for the Lady Bobcats. Maryn Jones assisted on the Flores goal.

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