7A-WEST GIRLS STANDINGS
A trip to Tulsa over the weekend didn’t help Bentonville’s record, but it may pay off dividends down the road.
The Lady Tigers (11-4, 8-0) played three of Oklahoma’s largest schools and came with losses. Bentonville was shut out against Tulsa Union (3-0) and Broken Arrow (2-0), then dropped a 3-2 decision to Jenks.
“It runs the record, but I thought we played well,” coach Kristina Henry said. “The girls responded well and we were able to work on some things when we were under pressure and had to force the issue. I think we had some good opportunities.”
Bentonville played without senior Melanie Matkins, a team captain and one of the team’s leading scorers. Alyssa Carlson had a goal and an assist, while Abby Stolt also had a goal.
The Lady Tigers also had to play all three matches in an 18-hour span, and this came after they had played Fort Smith Southside in a 7A-West Conference game Thursday night.
“It wasn’t the smartest of scheduling, but it was a good opportunity for quality competition and a way to get us ready for the final push through conference play,” Henry said.
— Henry Apple • @NWAHenry
The Lady War Eagles won two consecutive matches last week, after losing three straight.
Senior Emily Seiler scored two goals and added an assist to lead Heritage to a 4-1 win over Springdale High on Thursday. Earlier in the week, Bailee Russell snapped a 1-1 tie with about 18 minutes left in the second half off a nice cross from Hannah Markel.
The Lady War Eagles (9-4, 5-3 7A-West) plays host to crosstown rival Rogers High on Tuesday, then travels to Fort Smith Northside on Friday.
— Paul Boyd• @NWAPaulB
Har-Ber can get to .500 in conference play with a win Tuesday against Springdale.
The varsity boys game starts at 7:30 p.m. following by a varsity girls game at 5:30 at Wildcat Stadium.
Har-Ber is only 3-7 overall but the Lady Wildcats are 3-5 in conference play. Har-Ber won 2-0 at Rogers Friday after losing 2-1 at Rogers Heritage on Tuesday.
Springdale enters the game without a win in conference play.
“Rivalry games are always big,” Har-Ber boys coach Cory Butler said. “Anything can happen. A win will give (Har-Ber) a boost toward making a run up the league standings. Both teams are in good shape and really need this game to put them closer to the top.”
— Rick Fires • @NWARick
The Lady Mounties (6-8, 3-5 7A-West) earned a 2-1 win over Springdale High, but fell 2-0 against Springdale Har-Ber last week.
“We didn’t play well in the first half and it cost us,” Rogers coach Taylor Vaccaro said. “We had our chances and didn’t capitalize.”
Vaccaro said injuries have made things tough on her team. Staring goalkeeper Kiara Henry suffered a concussion two weeks ago, then Henry’s backup was also injured during the Ozark, Mo. tournament a week ago.
“When it rains, it pours,” Vaccaro said. “The silver lining is some younger girls are getting experience.”
Maisy Louree scored both of the Lady Mounties’ goals in the win over Springdale on free kicks.
Rogers travels across town to face rival Rogers Heritage on Tuesday, then hosts Fort Smith Southside on Friday.
— Paul Boyd• @NWAPaulB
The Springdale offense has scored a goal in three straight games after being shutout in its first five 7A-West matchups.
But the Lady Bulldogs (2-11-2, 0-8) have been limited to one goal in each while being outscored a combined 14-3 by Southside, Rogers and Heritage. Springdale is 1-10 and has been outscored a combined 44-8 by 7A foes this year.
The Lady Bulldogs play at Har-Ber and at Fayetteville on Tuesday and Friday this week, respectively.
— Jimmy Carter • @NWAJimmy