Both Berryville teams, GF boys get soccer wins
The Berryville Lady Bobcats played the Pulaski Robinson Lady Senators a year ago and were a penalty kick shootout away from advancing to the Class 4A state championship match. Berryville had different things in mind in Thursday's first-round match against the Lady Senators and the Lady Bobcats got different results, getting a 4-2 victory.
"Last year, the thing was we got down early," Berryville coach Aaron Hall said. "We tied it and then we got ahead. That lasted for about 45 seconds before they tied it again. We have worked really hard on our corners and defending corners. I was so proud of them. The whole group. They kept fighting and stayed focused."
It appeared as if Berryville was going to cruise to an easy win, leading 3-0 with 15 minutes remaining, but the Lady Senators scored two goals in a five-minute span, trimming the lead to 3-2 with 9:12 left in the match.
"That first goal might have been some of the best crossing I have ever seen," Hall said. "I know when their girl kicked it, it had to go out of bounds, but she curved it back in to a girl for a goal. Then they score again and all of a sudden, it's easy to get tight."
The Lady Bobcats composed themselves, as they had two shots on goal before Natalia Hernandez finally made one with 4:41 to give Berryville a 4-2 lead.
"When that went in, I said that probably broke their spirit," Hall said.
The Lady Bobcats scored their first three goals on penalty kicks. Maryn Jones made one with 29:30 left in the first half. The Lady Bobcats took the 1-0 lead into halftime. Taylor Swofford scored off two corner kicks in the first five minutes of the second half. Vicki Villatoro assisted on three goals.
"How often do you score three goals on headers in games?” Hall said. "We have had at least one or two games with two headers.
"They are capable of playing really well," Hall said. "They just did what we were asking them to do. We tried to defend them a certain way and they did it beautifully."
Berryville advance to face Stuttgart on Friday morning in the quarterfinals.
"I told the girls that beating Robinson was a great win, but it doesn't get you to the finals," Hall said. "We have to go play tomorrow so lets stay focused and if we play like that, there isn't anybody on our side of the bracket who is beating us."
Berryville 9, Pulaski Robinson 0
There wasn't much drama to be had in Berryville's victory over the Senators Thursday evening, as the Bobcats advanced to play Crowley's Ridge Academy Friday morning.
"One thing we have preached is that we haven't started off real well in the last few weeks," Berryville coach Dyllan Candelaria said. "That's something we really talked about. I told them we need to be up 1-0. We need to put the pressure on them. Today right from the start, we were the aggressor. Once we got up 1-0, the confidence just kept rolling."
Berryville's Brian Tovar scored first just over a minute into the game. Byran McIntosh added another goal for the Bobcats with 33 minutes left in the first half and Frederic Leroy gave Berryville a 3-0 lead with 25 minutes left in the second half.
"We had five goals in around 18 minutes," Candelaria said. "It was one of those things where when we took shots, they were good shots. We didn't rush them and they executed how we asked."
Jesus Perez scored for the Bobcats two minutes later and Leroy added his second goal of the game with 22 minutes left in the first half. Leroy scored with 6:08 left in the first half to put Berryville ahead by six goals going into halftime. The sportsmanship rule was put into effect going into the second half.
"That was huge because we play early tomorrow against Crowley's Ridge," Candelaria said. "They are the No. 1 seed for a reason. We have to have all of our bodies and that's why we tried to get as many guys in as possible."
Armando Mojica, Cesar Martinez and Manny Tellez all scored goals for Berryville in the second half.
Green Forest 7, Cossatot River 4
The Green Forest Tigers got a three-goal victory in the first round of the Class 4A state tournament on Thursday in Batesville.
On Friday, the Tigers will face Warren in the quarterfinals. Read Tuesday's Midweek edition for the complete story.