Lady Bobcats play 4 matches in 3-day span

Friday, April 20, 2018
Berryville's Lauren Compton attempts to beat her opponent to the ball in a match earlier this year.
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It was a busy weekend for the Berryville Lady Bobcats, as they played four matches in three days. On Thursday, the Lady Bobcats defeated Prairie Grove at home before going 2-1 in the Batesville tournament over the weekend. The tournament games were two 20-minute halves.

Berryville 4, Prairie Grove 0

The Lady Bobcats got the weekend started on Thursday with an easy home win over the Lady Tigers. Maryn Jones scored three of the goals for Berryville to record a hat trick.

"Prairie Grove is a state tournament-level team," Hall said. "It's going to come down to them and Gentry as the No. 4 seed. We just kept the pressure on them and played well. It was a really good win for us because if you don't win there is a chance we don't make the state tournament or we draw a team that we don't want to play in the very first round. With that said, it was very important to win that game."

Jones scored the first goal of the match three minutes in. She added another one midway through the first half on a penalty kick and her final goal came with 13 minutes remaining until halftime.

"It's weird because she scored the three goals on Thursday, but then she didn't score in three games this weekend," Hall said. "She and Natalia Hernandez did a lot of really good things that weren't in the stat book."

Karleigh Giles added a goal 15 minutes into the second half.

Berryville 5, Heber Springs 0

Five members of the Heber Springs soccer team were unable to play in Friday night's quarterfinal match because they were busy preparing for the ACT exam.

"Quite honestly, they were out-manned that game and we were trying to be as nice as possible," Hall said. "They just didn't have their team there. It would have been more competitive if their whole team would have been there."

Berryville scored four goals in the first half and added another in the second half. Vicky Villatoro and and Abby Thurman each scored twice and Lauren Compton also added a goal.

Berryville 1, Vilonia 0

Hall said Saturday's semifinal match against the Lady Eagles was the most evenly played match his team had all weekend.

"Vilonia is good," Hall said. "They were very tactical. Looking at the stats, we both had about the same number of shots on goal. It was a really good game."

Hernandez scored the lone goal of the game with five minutes remaining. The Lady Eagles had shot attempts late, but were unable to score.

Batesville 2, Berryville 1

Berryville had nearly twice the number of shots Batesville did in Saturday night's championship game, but still came up short in a penalty kick shootout.

"We had a 1-0 lead and they got a corner kick with 30 seconds to play," Hall said. "They kicked it to the backside post and it banged to the frontside post and they were able to get it in to tie us. Then it went to penalty kicks and they beat us in PK's. I felt like we outplayed them, but in games like that, that are short, you never know. The Vilonia game might have gone the other way if we would have played a full game."

Giles scored Berryville's lone goal in regulation on an assist from Jones assisted.

Hall said he believes this will be a good experience for his team moving forward.

"There were four Class 5A schools in this tournament and in the semifinals there were three 5A schools and us," Hall said. "I felt like we were as good as any as them. We were in the finals. They were highly competitive games. That's what we wanted, is to play some teams that are going to challenge us and hopefully that will help us down the road."

On Monday, Berryville hosted Danville.

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