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GHS soccer team headed for state title match
Greenwood soccer players celebrate a hard-fought victory as head coach Andrew Post (right) embraces senior goalkeeper Baylee Moore in triumph after the Bulldogs defeated Jonesboro 1-0 in the state semi-finals last Saturday to earn a spot opposite Russellville in the 6A state championship match at the University of Arkansas at 8 p.m. this coming Friday night. (Photo courtesy of Bonnie Moore)

GHS soccer team headed for state title match

By Richard White

For the first time in the history of the soccer program at Greenwood High School, the Bulldogs are headed to a state championship match. Both the GHS girls and boys competed in their respective 6A state tournaments last week, and the Greenwood boys won all three of their contests to reach the state finals this coming Friday night at Fayetteville on the campus of the University of Arkansas.

Their opponent will be the Russellville Cyclones, who also hosted the 6A state tournament. The scheduled start time for Friday’s title match is 8 p.m. The Class 5A girls (2 p.m.) and boys (4 p.m.) and the 6A girls (6 p.m.) will also hold their championship matches that day.

Both GHS teams are led by head coach Andrew Post, in his first season at the helm after serving as an assistant under former head coach Chris Young. “The boys had three great rounds in the state playoffs,” said Post, who is assisted by Nathan Staton and Robert Stockton.

Greenwood blitzed Sheridan High School by a lopsided score of 6-1 last Thursday. Jarrod Cooper, Levi Alvarez (2), Deon Alvarez, Evan Lensing, and Elijah Linn all scored goals in the match. On Friday they defeated Lake Hamilton 1-0 in a squeaker, with senior Hayden Kelly knocking home the winning shot. In the semi-finals on Saturday it was junior Matt Mahan who scored the winning goal in another 1-0 shutout.

“The boys have had a very successful season this year and an incredible run in the playoffs to make it to the finals,” said their coach. “These guys play with passion and drive. They play great defense and find ways to score,” added Post. “Players seem to step up each game to contribute. This team would make any coach proud, and I’m honored to coach them.”

Lady Bulldogs

The GHS girls played a great first round match, defeating Texarkana High School 5-0. Sophomore Regan Jones, the daughter of GHS head football coach Rick Jones, scored four of the team’s five goals, and there was an own goal for the fifth score.

The Lady Bulldogs played a close match against El Dorado in the quarterfinals, but lost 1-0, giving up a goal in the last 10 minutes of the contest. According to Coach Post, his girls played well enough to win, but fell just short.

Summing up their season, Post said, “The Lady Bulldogs played tough all year long, battling through injuries to make it to the second round of the playoffs. They are a wonderful group of ladies and will come back strong next season.” The current team roster lists only two seniors, so most of the girls will return next spring for the 2015 campaign.

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