7A-West Girls Soccer Report



Many soccer coaches will say that a two-goal lead is the most dangerous one to have.

Could the same be said about a two-game lead, which is something Bentonville owns in the 7A-West Conference standings after the Lady Tigers claimed a 1-0 victory Friday over Fayetteville?

“It depends on how you look at it,” Bentonville coach Kristina Henry said. “I think the rest of the conference is good enough to knock us off. We don’t want to be too comfortable with it.

“If we don’t continue to make progress with each match, we might lose our momentum. That’s why every game matters, and we’ve got to keep working at it.”

One thing that will help keep the Lady Tigers (13-2, 8-0) on their toes is different strategies other teams might use. Fayetteville did just that and caused Bentonville to make adjustments.

“It was a good match because Fayetteville did some things differently against us,” Henry said. “It was challenging for us because I thought Fayetteville had more possessions than we did in the midfield. Had they been able to get through our defense, we might have been in trouble.”

— Henry Apple • @NWAHenry

Bentonville West

The Lady Wolverines appeared to be in trouble last week when they found out leading scorer Alissa Carlson will miss the rest of the season with an injury.

West, however, found another scorer during Thursday’s home match against Van Buren. Rachel Higgins recorded a hat trick and led the Lady Wolverines to a 5-0 victory.

“Rachel has been playing the wing and really stepped things up,” West coach Zach Nidiffer said. “It was something we had talked about before the match. We were going to need somebody to step up and fill the void.

“It was an exciting time, and we were able to hold our own. We used three or four girls to fill Alissa’s spot, and it was a good experience for them.”

Nidiffer said he will use a combination of Addison Lawrence, Rachel Hollinger and Maddie Eubanks to take Carlson’s spot in the lineup for West (4-11-1, 3-5), which returns to action Tuesday with a home match against Fayetteville.

— Henry Apple • @NWAHenry

The toughest week of the regular season is behind the Lady Bulldogs (11-3, 6-2), which went 2-1 during a four-day stretch last week. They lost to 7A-West leader Bentonville 1-0 after the were unable to find enough gusto to rally from a 1-0 halftime deficit on Friday.

“We had a decent week,” said coach Joe Thoma. “It was been a busy week and the girls put in good effort. There was a test going on at school and all kinds of stuff. It’s just that time of year.”

At halftime against the Lady Tigers Thoma spoke to his team about digging in instead of giving in.

“Just bringing an energy and bringing the togetherness,” Thoma said. “I think the second half, even though we were tied, we still brought that and fought, because it could have been a lot worse if we wouldn’t have kept battling.”

Fayetteville looks to get back on track with just two games this week. It travels to Bentonville West on Tuesday and Rogers High on Friday.

Rogers High
The Lady Mounties (7-5-1, 5-3 7A-West) will try to bounce back from Friday’s 2-0 loss at Springdale Har-Ber when they host crosstown rival Rogers Heritage on Tuesday.

Rogers edged Rogers Heritage 1-0 in the first meeting on a header by sophomore Leslie Barrales with 29 seconds left in the second half.

Rogers Heritage
The Lady War Eagles (4-9, 3-5 7A-West) stopped a four-match losing skid thanks to a 3-2 win over Springdale High on Friday.

Grace Rodriguez snapped a 2-2 tie midway through the second half for the deciding goal. Heritage will be seeking revenge against crosstown rival Rogers High on Tuesday. The Lady War Eagles fell 1-0 in the first meeting as the Lady Mounties scored with 29 seconds left. They also host Van Buren on Friday.

— Paul Boyd • @NWAPaulB

Springdale High
Springdale (3-7) fell to Rogers and Heritage last week, dropping to 2-6 in conference play. This week it will hope to right things against Har-Ber and Bentonville West.

Entering the week, Springdale sits in seventh place in the 7A-West, one game behind West and three behind Har-Ber.

The Lady Red’Dogs have scored the third fewest goals in league matches (15) and given up the second most (29) – just two ahead of West.

Scottie Bordelon • @NWAScottie

Springdale Har-Ber
The Lady Wildcats (8-5) capped a busy week of conference play with a 2-0 win against Rogers High on Friday to move to 5-3 in 7A-West matches.

The week began with a 2-1 win over Rogers Heritage before a penalty kick loss to Fayetteville on Tuesday. The Fayetteville match was a makeup from the week before when weather forced postponement.

Two big matches await this week at Springdale and at Bentonville. Har-Ber cruised to a 4-1 win against the Lady Red’Dogs in the teams’ first meeting. They then fell to Bentonville 2-0 following spring break.

Since March 31, Har-Ber has won four of its last five matches overall.

Scottie Bordelon • @NWAScottie

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Mike Capshaw

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