Lady Mounties too much for Lady War Eagles
Posted: April 19, 2017 at 1 a.m.
ROGERS -- As the clock ticked down in the first half, Rogers High coach Aaron Crouch told his assistant coach he didn't want to go into halftime tied 0-0 in their 7A-West Conference girls soccer match Tuesday against crosstown rival Rogers Heritage.
Senior Sydney Figenskau obliged her coach, scoring with 1 minute, 22 seconds left before halftime to give the Lady Mounties a lead it would not relinquish.
Rogers (8-5-1, 6-3 7A-West) added two more second-half goals en route to a 3-0 win over the Lady War Eagles. Crouch remembered the dogfight the two teams engaged in during their first meeting that Rogers managed to win 1-0 on a goal with just 29 seconds left. He was ecstatic to see the Lady Mounties grab the momentum just before halftime this time.
"It was massive," Crouch said of Figenskau's goal. "To go into half 1-0 instead of tied 0-0 changes the whole halftime talk. With about six or seven minutes left in the half, I said 'I do not want to go into halftime 0-0.' I asked the coaching staff what can we do? What changes do we need to make. It was obviously the right change.
"It was really good to not only get the win, but to get the three-goal differential. That was big-time. So the goals, along with the win, it's important. Now we've got to go along Friday night and deal with Fayetteville here."
One thing Crouch did was insert senior forward Sienna Nealon, who did not start because of an injury. He said even though Nealon did not score, the opposition still had to deal with her on the field, which is key.
"Just her presence on the field is known," Crouch said. "People know what she offers. And so even if she doesn't do it herself, she's on the field.She creates the havoc. She creates the problem. They had to solve a problem. That creates it sometimes."
With a little more than 33 minutes left in the second half, sophomore forward Leslie Barrales, who scored the game-wnner against Heritage earlier this season, scored off a nice cross from Ashlyn Babbitt. Less than three minutes later, Barrales fed Abby Revoir for Rogers' final goal.
Heritage dropped to 4-10 overall and 3-6 in the 7A-West.
Springdale Har-Ber 1, Springdale High 0
Har-Ber picked up its fourth win in its last five matches Tuesday night at rival Springdale High.
Megan LaMendola scored with 17 minutes, 35 seconds to play in the first half for the Lady Wildcats, who move to 9-5 overall and 6-3 in conference.
Springdale falls to 2-7 in the 7A-West and 3-8 on the season.
Bentonville High 10, Van Buren 0
Emma Welch and Sara Roberts scored two goals apiece as Bentonville routed Van Buren during Tuesday's match at Van Buren.
Lauren Holly, Tyler Anne Reash, Madison Howard, Sydney Suggs, Caila Hainus and Lauren Hargus each added a goal for Bentonville (14-2, 9-0), which built a 7-0 halftime lead and caused the second half to be cut in half.
Sports on 04/19/2017