Lady Bobcats saved their best for last

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

By Scott Loftis

Berryville’s senior class has set the bar high for the Lady Bobcats’ soccer program.

A 7-0 loss to Pulaski Academy on Friday in the second round of the Class 4A state tournament in Batesville ended the Lady Bobcats’ season. But coach Aaron Hall said Berryville (13-11) improved throughout the season.

“As a coach you always hope to play your best at the end of the season,” Hall said.

The Lady Bobcats certainly did that, winning a first-round district tournament game on the road in a difficult environment at Clarksville to clinch a state tournament berth. Berryville then avenged an earlier loss to Shiloh Christian to earn a No. 3 seed and beat No. 2 seed Brookland in the first round of the state tournament before falling to Pulaski Academy — a Little Rock private school that dropped from Class 5A to 4A this season.

Not bad for a team that lost several key players after finishing as the Class 4A state runner-up last season.

“We lost quite a bit from last season,” Hall said, including three four-year starters. “You can’t replace experience with experience all the time.”

Four sophomores saw significant playing time for Berryville.

“They’re going to be pretty good in the future,” Hall said. “We got a lot better by the end of the year. It took us a while to find the right combinations. Once we kind of figured out what was best for us, the kids played really well and we did play our best in the postseason.”

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