2nd half dominance: Tigers pull away from halftime tie, advance to quarterfinals

Friday, May 10, 2019
Green Forest sophomore Emerson Ortiz (18) had one of the Tigers’ seven goals Friday.
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By Scott Loftis

CarrollCountyNews@cox-internet.com

With his young but talented Green Forest Tigers tied at halftime of Thursday’s first-round game against Riverview in the Class 3A boys state soccer tournament, coach Ben West didn’t mince words.

“We told ’em: ‘Hey, Riverview came to play. From here on out, there are no gimmes. You just have to decide, is this going to be your year or not?’ ”

As it turns out, it just might be the Tigers’ year. Green Forest scored six unanswered goals in the second half to win going away, 6-1. The Tigers advanced to a second-round game at 10 a.m. Friday against Episcopal Collegiate of Little Rock.

“I thought we played scared to death in the first half,” West said.

In the second half, though, the Tigers (14-1-2) were dominant. Junior Bryant Escobar finished with four goals, while senior Randi Alvarado added two and sophomore Emerson Ortiz added one.

The Tigers benefited from a second-half adjustment, West said.

“We added a third striker, and that made all the difference,” he said.

West said the Tigers have the potential for a deep tournament run.

“They’re very talented,” he said. “There’s times they show it. They turned it on in the second half today.”

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