GF confident heading into state

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

On Friday, the Green Forest Tiger soccer team got a 7-1 road win over Lead Hill. Friday was the final regular-season game of the year, as Green Forest is on to the Class 4A state tournament this week in Batesville.

"We tried to treat Friday night like a tuneup game," Bryant said. "We worked on a lot of our handling and moving with and without the ball. We took a ton of shots, we just have to finish. We scored seven, but we could have scored more. We are playing the wrong kind of football. We are trying to kick it over the bar instead of under the ball."

All seven goals came from different Green Forest players. Rafael Rosales, Jose Hernandez, Fredy Ortiz, Jesus Flores, Franklin Morales, Randi Alvarado and Kelvin Garcia all scored. Hernandez had three assists, while Caesar Lopez, Bryant Escobar, Allen DeLeon and Blue HToo all had assists.

Bryant knows this will be a busy week for his team.

"This week is hectic," Bryant said. "Tonight is our athletic awards banquet. Tuesday night we have our free physical clinic. So Wednesday is really the only day we have an actual practice. Thursday morning, we are going to leave at about 8:30 a.m. and try to get some lunch in Batesville before playing at 5 p.m."

While Green Forest knows they will be playing at 5 p.m., they are still unsure of who they will be playing.

"We are going to go up against a good team," Bryant said. "I'm hoping we will know pretty soon that way I can talk to some of the coaches who have played who we are playing."

Green Forest is the No. 4 seed heading into the Class 4A state tournament and will be playing the No. 1 seed from the 4A-2 district.

"You never know what might happen," Bryant said. "Anybody can beat anybody. It happened to us last year. If a team is playing their best and you don't play a very good game, then it's real easy to lose. Sometimes you just have better athletes, but other times they creep up and beat you. We just have to handle our own business. We can't worry about anybody else. We have to take care of us."

Bryant said if his team wants any chance of making a run in the state tournament, they must do a good job of communicating.

"If things are going good, we are talkative," Bryant said. "If things are going bad, it's silent. We have to keep our heads about us at all times. Not get too high and not get too low. We just have to go out and play. We have to take care of the ball and make smart passes. These seniors, they have been to the state tournament three out of their four years. They are veterans. They have been there and done this. We have to take advantage of our leadership and I hope that we can come out and play the way I know we can play."

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