GHS soccer teams face must win scenario
By Richard White
The Greenwood High School girls and boys soccer teams have their backs against the wall this week as they continue play in the 6A West conference tournament. Both teams travel to Hot Springs on Thursday to take on Lake Hamilton, with the two losing teams being eliminated from further post-season play in the 6A state playoffs.
Both the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs lost their opening round matches at Siloam Springs on Monday. The GHS girls (5-12) entered the match seeded last in the eight-team field and fell 7-0 to the Lady Panthers (19-3).
Despite having just one win on the season, the Bulldogs were seeded seventh and lost a close match (2-0) to the powerful Panthers (16-5-1).
Both GHS squads have struggled offensively this season. The Lady Bulldogs have been shutout 10 times this spring, while the Bulldogs have failed to score in nine matches.
As with the other springs sports, baseball and softball, the recent series of rainstorms has played havoc with the conference tournament schedule for soccer. The opening round was originally slated for last Saturday, but was moved to Monday.
Round two was to be played on Wednesday, but a wet forecast led to a change, rescheduling the matches for Thursday instead. Should either or both Greenwood teams win on Thursday, they would advance to the fifth-place match on Saturday, most likely on the road.
However, a round two victory over Lake Hamilton would also guarantee a spot in the 6A state tournament, to be played in Siloam Springs starting on May 11th.
Both Greenwood teams are coached by Andrew Post, assisted by Jake Hindman and Josh Nation.