GHS boys get first soccer win; girls down Poteau
By Richard White
It's been tough sledding for the Bulldogs' soccer team this season, but the GHS boys notched their first win of the spring last week, defeating Harrison in an overtime shootout. The Lady Bulldogs also picked up a win over Poteau, OK at the end of last month, their fourth of the season.
Both teams will travel to Clarksville on Friday for another conference game against a Class 5A opponent. Next Tuesday they will host 6A league foe Siloam Springs at Smith-Robinson Stadium.
The GHS girls have played three matches over the past two weeks, starting with their 3-0 shutout win over the Lady Pirates of Poteau on March 30th. The Lady Bulldogs scored a pair of first half goals then added another in the second half while maintaining the shutout.
Just over a week later, on April 6th, the GHS girls traveled to Harrison and lost a heartbreaker to the Lady Goblins, 1-0, allowing a second half goal.
This past Tuesday night the Lady Bulldogs hosted another 6A/5A-1 conference game against Russellville's Lady Cyclones and lost 5-1. The lone goal for Greenwood was scored by sophomore forward Sarah White late in the first half.
While the Lady Bulldogs won at Poteau, the GHS boys lost a narrow 3-2 decision. The Pirates scored two first half goals and led 2-1 at the break. Both teams added a single goal in the second half, giving Poteau the one-goal win.
The victory over Harrison came in overtime after regulation play ended in a scoreless tie. The Bulldogs then dominated the shootout for their first triumph of the season. While GHS goalkeeper Aric McKinney helped to limit the Goblins to just one goal, his teammates stroked the net for four goals and the win.
This past Tuesday night the highly ranked Russellville Cyclones came to Smith-Robinson Stadium and extracted a 7-0 victory over the Bulldogs. The match was called after one half of play. The Cyclones are ranked fourth in the state by MaxPreps with a 12-1-2 record.
Just four regular season matches remain for both GHS teams before the 6A West conference tournament starting on April 29th and running through the first week of May. Qualifiers will then move on to the state tournament the following week, hosted by Siloam Springs High School.