BV staying busy leading up to state

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Berryville Lady Bobcats have had a week to get ready for the Class 4A state soccer tournament and coach Aaron Hall said he is taking this time to get better.

"We are working on us," Hall said. "Making sure our defense is where it is supposed to be. Making sure that we have the ball in the midfield where it's supposed to be and we are sending it to the right spot. On corner kicks, making sure that we mark up the defenders. Just cleaning up a few things."

Berryville will be a 3 seed in the state tournament. The Lady Bobcats will open play at 3 p.m. Thursday in Batesville against the loser of Monday night’s match between Pulaski Robinson and Central Arkansas Christian. CAC entered Monday night’s match undefeated, therefore Hall expects the Lady Bobcats to play the Lady Senators, a team Berryville lost to in the semifinals of the Class 4A state tournament last year.

"If one team comes out not ready to play in the first five minutes and the other team gets an early goal, that could be the difference," Hall said. "I have game film on them. I've watched them. We played them last year. I really believe that the team who has the fewest breakdowns is going to win."

Hall likes the draw that his team got in the bottom half of the bracket.

"If you go off Maxpreps, which isn't perfect, but it is a guideline so to speak," Hall said. "The No. 1 and No. 2 teams are on the other side of the bracket in Dardanelle and CAC, assuming CAC wins against Robinson today. And then No. 3 and No. 4 are on our side and that happens to be Robinson and us in the first round. If you go off of their rankings, you would think the winner has a chance of making a deep run."

Rain pushed the CAC-Robinson Class 4A-2 district championship match back to Monday. Therefore, Berryville has had more time to prepare.

"It's the old adage of rest versus rust," Hall said. "They will have played three games last week and then again on Monday. We have been fairly injury-free, aside from a few shin splints. Once the game starts, I don't think it's going to make a difference."

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