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story.lead_photo.caption NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF @NWABENGOFF Ginger Olson (3) of Bentonville High watches her shot go into the net past Fayetteville keeper Payton Woodward (bottom center) after a rebound Tuesday at Bentonville's Tiger Athletic Complex.

BENTONVILLE -- Exhausted, haggard and weary, the Bentonville High's Lady Tigers were just plain tired.

After playing their fourth soccer match in five days, the Lady Tigers had to dig deep Tuesday to earn a 1-0 win against Fayetteville to open 7A-West Conference play at the Tiger Soccer Complex.

7A-West Conference Standings

Boys

^Conf.^Overall

Springdale High^1-0^6-0-1

Springdale Har-Ber^1-0^4-4

Bentonville West^1-0^3-4-1

Bentonville High^1-0^1-2

Rogers High^0-1^5-3-1

Rogers Heritage^0-1^4-2

Van Buren^0-1^4-4-2

Fayetteville^0-1^2-4

Tuesday’s Scores

Bentonville High 2, Fayetteville 1 (PKs)

Bentonville West 4, Van Buren 3

Springdale Har-Ber 5, Rogers High 1

Springdale High 2, Rogers Heritage 0

Girls

^Conf.^Overall

Bentonville High^1-0^6-1-1

Rogers High^1-0^4-2-1

Springdale High^1-0^5-4-1

Fayetteville^0-1^4-2

Springdale Har-Ber^0-1^3-6

Rogers Heritage^0-1^2-5

Bentonville West^0-0^2-4

Van Buren^0-0^0-6

Tuesday’s Scores

Bentonville High 1, Fayetteville 0

Rogers High 2, Springdale Har-Ber 1

Springdale High 5, Rogers Heritage 4 (PKs)

Bentonville West at Van Buren (n)

Thursday’s Matches

Bentonville High at Van Buren

Fayetteville at Bentonville West

Rogers Heritage at Rogers High

Springdale Har-Ber at Springdale High

"Whenever we play Fayetteville, it's always one of the key match-ups of the year," Bentonville coach Kris Henry said. "It feels good to come away with that first conference win."

The Lady Tigers (6-1-1, 1-0 7A West) earned the victory when Ginger Olson rebounded a Madison Howard corner kick for the score in the 51st minute. Fayetteville keeper Haley Woodward deflected Howard's attempt, which careened off Olson's body for the score.

"We try to get numbers in the box (on corner kicks) and hope somebody gets on the end of it," Henry said. "She did her job. It was a great service in by Madison."

Fayetteville coach Joe Thoma called the score a "squeaky goal."

"That's soccer. Sometimes you give up a goal like that," he said.

Howard had opportunities to increase Bentonville's lead late in the second half. In the 70th minute, she blasted a penalty kick to the right-center portion of the goal, but a diving save by Woodward prevented the score. Then, about two minutes later Howard dribbled through a duo of Lady Bulldog defenders only to rocket a shot over the crossbar.

"We missed a lot of opportunities," Henry said. "We were nervous for the first conference game. There is always a lot riding on this game, so I think we were a little anxious."

Both teams return to conference play Thursday. Fayetteville will host Bentonville West, while Bentonville travels to Van Buren.

Springdale High 4, Rogers Heritage 3 (PKs)

The Lady Bulldogs rallied from a 3-1 deficit to send the match into overtime, then won it 2-1 on penalty kicks.

Sam Shaddox, Nayeli Contreras and Zoe Downum scored regulation goals for Springdale to tie the match at 3-3. The Lady Bulldogs' Jessica Paez and Downum drilled penalty-kick goals and Springdale keeper Cinthia Sanchez, who had four penalty-kick saves, locked it down.

Rogers High 2, Springdale Har-Ber 1

Skylurr Patrick scored two second-half goals to help the Lady Mounties notch the 7A-West win.

The game was 0-0 at halftime before Patrick scored twice to give Rogers (4-2-1, 1-0 7A-West) the win. Her goal with about 12 minutes snapped a 1-1 tie. Haley Arrick and Jourdan Badley each had an assist for the Lady Mounties.

Siloam Springs 1, Owasso, Okla. 1

Siloam Springs got a first-half goal from Laura Morales with Megan Hutto on the assist. A defensive mistake cost the Lady Panthers (7-1-2) in the final seconds of the first half as Owasso's Cassidy Collins scored the equalizer.

BOYS

Bentonville West 4, Van Buren 3

Blake McDoulett's penalty kick late in the first half snapped a 2-2 tie, and Bentonville West held off Van Buren on the road.

McDoulett took the penalty kick after Brayden Douthit drew the foul as he slashed toward the goal. Tom Shultz added a goal with less than a minute left to give the Wolverines (3-4-1, 1-0) a 4-2 halftime lead, then Van Buren scored the only second-half goal.

Tyler Guentz and Collin Higgins each had a goal to give West a 2-0 lead before Van Buren (4-4-2, 0-1) rallied and tied it with about 8 minutes left in the first half.

Springdale Har-Ber 5, Rogers High 1

The Wildcats opened 7A-West play with a bang, rolling over Rogers High as Jose Lopez scored a pair of goals.

Yohan Fuentes, Esteban Fuentes and Sandro Ramirez also found the back of the net for the Wildcats. Har-Ber keeper Jonathan Sandoval had six saves

Springdale High 2, Rogers Heritage 0

The Bulldogs claimed a shutout in the 7A-West opener, getting a goal in each half.

Danny Maldonado scored a first-half goal for a 1-0 lead, then Jesus Barroso found the back of the net in the second half to seal the win.

Bentonville 2, Fayetteville 1 (PKs)

Regan Resz connected on Bentonville's final penalty kick, as the Tigers turned back Fayetteville.

Eli Brandon , Lucas Apparecido, Harrison Dickerson and Rodrigo Mouron each scored penalty kicks for Bentonville.

Jonah Glover, Porter Smith and Lawson Templeton scored for Fayetteville .

Fayetteville opened the scoring when Princeton Chee scored in the 25th minute to give the Purple Dogs a 1-0 lead.

Bentonville answered back on a goal from Brandon with 11 minutes, 37 seconds remaining in the first half.

Owasso, Okla. 3, Siloam Springs 0

The Rams (4-0) scored three early first half goals in their shutout of the Panthers (4-3-3). Kolby Bauer scored Owasso's first goal and Javier Rubio added the next two.

Sports on 03/14/2018

Print Headline: Bentonville hangs on to top Fayetteville

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