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GHS Soccer Teams Competing Hard

By Richard White

It was tough sledding for the GHS girls and boys soccer teams last week, losing a total of four matches to Fort Smith Northside and Little Rock Catholic/Mount St. Mary’s. But the won/loss record doesn’t tell the whole story of the season so far, according to head coach Andrew Post.

“We play in a very difficult conference dominated by 7A teams that are both well coached and have great talent,” said Post. “With that said, playing great teams helps make us tougher and prepares us for the state playoffs. The girls will be looking for their first conference win against Russellville this Tuesday, and have been playing without two starters due to injury.

Daniel Stockton (6) battles for control of the ball in soccer action at Greenwood’s Smith-Robinson Stadium. In the background are Even Lensing and Kevin Jones. (Photo courtesy of Bonnie Moore)

Daniel Stockton (6) battles for control of the ball in soccer action at Greenwood’s Smith-Robinson Stadium. In the background are Even Lensing and Kevin Jones. (Photo courtesy of Bonnie Moore)

“We hope to get both starters back in the next couple of weeks, [but] I believe the girls are better than their conference record indicates. These girls are tough and are not phased by the losses so far. I can’t say enough about the gritty play of sophomores Ashton Warren (center back), Emily Jones (center midfield), and Regan Jones (forward). We have a young team, but these ladies play like veterans.”

The coach also had words of praise for his boys’ squad. “The boys are playing very well this season despite their 2-3 record,” said Post. “Losses to Southside and Little Rock Catholic were by one goal. The guys are finding ways to score this year and we are still improving in some areas.

“I’m very optimistic about the rest of the season as we continue to mature and get better. We’ve had outstanding play from our senior goalkeeper Baylee Moore, who thrives on pressure and has made some big saves to keep us in games.

“[Junior] Kevin Jones has been outstanding at forward this year, leading the team in goals (7) and assists (5). Levi and Deon Alvarez also stand out as players we rely on for possession in the midfield.  Levi is also the second leading scorer on the team. We will be looking to get to .500 against Russellville Tuesday night.”

The Lady Bulldogs’ soccer team has faced some serious competition this spring from 7A schools, but has been competitive, despite playing without two injured starters. Shown above during a casual off-the-field moment are players Bailey Devane, Allyson Carr, and Emily Jones. (Photo courtesy of Bonnie Moore)

The Lady Bulldogs’ soccer team has faced some serious competition this spring from 7A schools, but has been competitive, despite playing without two injured starters. Shown above during a casual off-the-field moment are players Bailey Devane, Allyson Carr, and Emily Jones. (Photo courtesy of Bonnie Moore)

Results from Tuesday’s matches against Russellville were not available at press time, but last week the Lady Bulldogs failed to score in two matches, losing 3-0 to Northside and 5-0 to Mount St. Mary’s. The GHS boys lost 5-0 to Northside and 3-2 to Little Rock Catholic.

Greenwood will travel to Conway on Friday for a pair of conference matches, before playing at Little Rock Parkview next Tuesday. They will host Fort Smith Southside on Thursday, April 17th.

 

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