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Lady Panthers open 2013 soccer season

The Cabot Lady Panthers soccer team opened the 2013 season with a scrimmage game against Greenbrier on Feb. 22.

“Our performance could not have pleased me more,” Cabot coach Kerry Castillo said. “From a senior starter to the freshmen junior varsity players, all the girls played beautifully.”

Cabot started the game with its first 11 varsity players on the field. Cabot scored it’s first goal on a corner kicker. Jessica Souza scored the Lady Panthers’ goal.

After 20 minutes, both teams subbed in their junior varsity players.

Maddie Rice, a freshman who starts for the Lady Panthers, remained on the field and scored on a shot from 20 yards out.

“I’m so proud of Maddie,” Castillo said. “She’s such a hard worker and so coachable. I tried to express to her my confidence in her as a goal scorer and she took it to heart. She’s going to be a special player for us.”

Also scoring for Cabot was sophomore Keera Carter.

The second half was scoreless.

Though we didn’t score in the second half, I thought our play dictated the pace of the game and that is as good as a goal if not better,” Castillo said. “I could say so much about each girl, but I must say that the highlight of the night was having senior Tabby Owens back in the line-up. Tab suffered an ACL tear last season in our second game of 2012 versus Springdale. Tabby worked extremely hard over the spring and summer to rehab and strengthen her knee. She is so tough. I love that kid. She remained a captain even on crutches and is displaying the same leadership now back in cleats. Though she didn’t score a goal, she had several chances and her possession and passing led to our success.”

Cabot 0, Searcy 0

The Cabot Lady Panthers and Searcy Lady Lions played to a 0-0 tie in the regular-season opener Feb. 26.

Both teams are in the 7A/6A-East but this game was a non-conference affair.

The match was a stalemate of good defending and missed chances, Cabot coach Kerry Castillo said.

Castillo said junior Anna Applegate played well, sending in several crosses and junior Codee Park also had good corner kids.

“The game was back and fourth and both of us saw our best chances in the last 10 minutes,” Castillo said.

Cabot goalkeeper Hana Cooper made a game-saving play as blocked a low-angled shot and hung onto the ball to preserve the tie.

Minutes later, Jessica Souza had a similar scoring chance but Searcy blocked her shot.

“The result was a good one and if the return leg is anything like this match, then we’re in for a good game in May, which could have some interesting playoff and conference standing implications,” Castillo said.

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