Valley View’s late goal ends Bobcats’ season in 2nd round

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

The Berryville Bobcats’ soccer season ended in disappointing fashion, but coach Bryce Moorman said the Bobcats — and especially the team’s seniors — have a lot to proud of.

Valley View broke a scoreless tie with less than three minutes remaining Thursday and beat Berryville 1-0 in the second round of the Class 4A boys state tournament in Harrison.

Moorman said Valley View took advantage of a late adjustment by the Bobcats.

“It got late in the game, about five minutes left in the game and we decided to move a guy out to striker and see if we can get some help on top to try to get a goal late in the game,” Moorman said. “And sure enough, we move the guy and they had a great shot and they scored with about two minutes left in the game. And then, they did a good job of just parking the bus on us and wasting time. So that was just how the season ended was. It was tough.”

Although the loss hurt, Moorman said it doesn’t take away from everything the Bobcats accomplished this season — both on the scoreboard and in less quantifiable terms.

“We’re very proud of what our kids accomplished this year,” he said. “We’ve had low numbers all year long. There have been some teams we beat who outnumber us two to one. Our kids faced a lot of adversity, and they did a good job of just capitalizing and making as far as they did. And we were really close to still be playing this week.”

Moorman said he was especially proud of the team’s seniors, who lost their junior season to the COVID-19 pandemic but returned as leaders this year.

“It was really tough for our seniors who kind of had their career cut short and had to grow up quick and be leaders in a matter of a day,” he said. “They had to become leaders and hope that they were going to have a season. We could have had kids who just felt ‘it’s pointless. We’re not going to even play, so why should we even work on stuff?’ But our kids were showing up every day and they were ready to work. They worked their tails off and did an awesome job for us this year.”

Berryville advanced to the second round by defeating Hope 7-1 in a first-round match on Thursday, May 13. Sophomore David Tapia scored five goals in that victory.

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