Tigers give Bombers a scare
By Scott Loftis
The Green Forest Tigers suffered their first loss of the season Saturday night against visiting Mountain Home.
Nonetheless, Green Forest coach Ben West said his team played one of its best games of the season.
Mountain Home (13-1) is ranked No. 1 in Class 5A and No. 2 overall by Maxpreps, and has allowed just five goals all season. But the Bombers trailed for most of the game against Green Forest.
With less than nine minutes remaining in the second half, Green Forest held a 1-0 lead thanks to a goal from sophomore Emerson Ortiz.
Mountain Home scored the tying goal with 8:15 remaining in the game and took the lead with a goal two minutes later.
“We controlled the ball about 75 percent of the time,” West said. “We had about 15 shots on goal.”
West said the game was a good measuring stick for the Tigers (8-1-2, 5-0 3A West), who are ranked second in the state in Class 3A.
“The kids were excited,” he said. “It was a great match for us to see what we could do. The Mountain Home coach was very impressed with our guys.”
Before facing Mountain Home, the Tigers defeated Eureka Springs 5-0 on Thursday, April 18, at Eureka Springs.
Seniors Caesar Lopez and Randi Alvarado, junior David Aguinaga, sophomore Lah Kpro and freshman Andy Lopez all had goals for Green Forest.
Sophomore goalkeeper Preston Hyatt had 23 saves for Eureka Springs in that game.
The Green Forest girls (5-6, 3-0) defeated Eureka Springs 5-0 and lost to Mountain Home 6-0.
Green Forest hosted Lincoln on Monday.