7A-West Girls Soccer Report

Bentonville had one streak broken last week, but the more important streak stayed alive.

The Lady Tigers allowed their first goal in 7A-West Conference play Thursday night against Rogers Heritage. Bentonville, however, had a 3-0 lead before it happened and won the match to remain unbeaten in league play, but that goal caught the Lady Tigers’ attention.

“It served as a wakeup call,” coach Kristina Henry said. “We fell asleep and looked away for a moment. All of a sudden, there was the ball and in the goal. We can not lose focus.”

Bentonville (11-2, 6-0) )spent the weekend playing in a tournament at Ozark, Mo. The Lady Tigers won two out of three matches, with its loss coming against host Ozark in the championship game and snapped an 11-match win streak.

“We played a lot of minutes there,” Henry said. “We ended up playing full-length matches, and by the last game, we were ready to go. We were hot, tired and sunburned.”

— Henry Apple • @NWAHenry

Bentonville West
A few changes helped West get back into the win column last week.

The Lady Wolverines (3-10-1, 2-4) picked up a pair of early goals and posted a 2-0 victory over Rogers Heritage in a match that was called midway through the second half because of storms that rolled through the area.

“We switched formations and went to something for a little more offensive help,” West coach Zach Nidiffer said. “It helped out a lot, and the girls worked hard to earn that one. They stayed positive throughout the match.”

West tried the same formation in its match against Rogers High, but the Lady Wolverines suffered a 6-1 loss Friday.

“We were just not playing together,” Nidiffer said. “We were missing one girls, but we didn’t link up like we did against Heritage. It was more individual play than team.”

— Henry Apple • @NWAHenry

The Lady Purple Dogs face a challenging week with three games in four days. They’ll need plenty of fluids and stamina if they’re to keep their hold on second place in the 7A-West Conference.

The challenging stretch begin with home games against Van Buren on Tuesday and Springdale Har-Ber on Wednesday. They’ll then travel to conference leader Bentonville on Friday. The Lady Tigers handed Fayetteville its lone conference loss.

Fayetteville has won four straight matches since that 1-0 defeat in the league opener for both teams on March 14. With help from solid back-line defenders, goal keeper Grace Cape has surrendered just two goals during the winning streak.

Mike Capshaw • @NWACappy

Springdale High
The Lady Red’Dogs earned a split last week in matches at Van Buren and Fayetteville and moved to 2-4 in 7A-West play.

Springdale got goals from Zoe Downum, Cami Merideth and Jessica Alvarado on Wednesday in its win against Van Buren. Springdale, at the time, dropped the Lady Pointers to 0-5 in league play.

Alvarado then tacked on her second goal of the week Friday at Fayetteville, but it turned out to be all the offense the Lady Red’Dogs could muster.

This week, Springdale faces Rogers High and Rogers Heritage on the road. Heritage has lost three straight while Rogers will be coming in off a 6-1 win over Bentonville West to end last week.

– Scottie Bordelon • @NWAScottie

Springdale Har-Ber
The Lady Wildcats won both matches last week and walk into this week with some momentum.

Har-Ber scored six goals in each in wins against West and Van Buren. After last week, Har-Ber owns the second best goal differential in the league at +10. Giselle Estrada leads the Lady Wildcats with seven goals for the season.

Fabrizio Campagnola’s club is in for a busy week starting Tuesday. Har-Ber will play four matches this week – vs. Heritage, at Fayetteville, at Shiloh Christian and vs. Rogers.

Wednesday’s match against Fayetteville is a makeup from last week when severe weather rolled in and forced postponement.

– Scottie Bordelon • @NWAScottie

The Lady Mounties split two 7A-West Conference matches last week against Bentonville High and Bentonville West. Rogers now takes on both Springdale schools this week.

Senior forward Sienna Nealon had a big night in the win over Bentonville West. She had four goals and added two assists as Rogers improved to 6-4-1 overall and 4-2 in the league. Rogers hosts Springdale High on Tuesday, then travels to Springdale Har-Ber in what looks to be a big match. The Lady Mounties edged the Lady Wildcats 1-0 earlier this season.

Rogers Heritage
The Lady War Eagles (3-8, 2-4 7A-West) will try to snap a three-match losing streak when they travel to Springdale Har-Ber on Tuesday.

Heritage hosts Springdale High, which it defeated in penalty kicks a month ago.

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Mike Capshaw

Sports writer at NWA Media
Mike primarily covers Fayetteville and Farmington.
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