The Cabot Lady Panthers played in the ReMax Cup soccer tournament this weekend, coming away with a win over Siloam Springs and a loss to Harrison.
The first match was against the Lady Goblins, who made to last year’s Class 5A finals. The game was scoreless at halftime, but Harrison came back to score on a pair of corner kicks in the second half to take a 2-0 win.
“Harrison is always well-coached and fearless,” said Cabot coach Kerry Castillo. “I love playing against them, because you know you’ll get a quality match and your players will be pushed to excel.”
The second match against Siloam Springs went more Cabot’s way, as the Lady Panthers took down the team that had just beaten defending champion Bentonville.
Codee Park gave Cabot the early lead on a pass from Jessica Souza. The Lady Panthers got control of the ball again soon after thanks to the midfield of Maddie Rice, Devin Patterson and Melody Sampson. Cabot’s second goal came thanks to Braxton Reed’s take over and a kick to back left of the net.
McKenna Smart and Souza combined to set the final margin near the end of the match. Smart played a back ball to Souza, who finished to the back post.
The Lady Panthers had a pair of tough games last week, taking a 3-2 win over the Mountain Home Lady Bombers and tying Pulaski Academy 2-2.
The game at Mountain Home was particularly satisfying, since they are a very solid team and the long bus ride can sap some of the energy from visiting teams.
The Lady Bombers caught the Lady Panthers off guard on counter attacks twice in the first half to take a 2-0 lead. Reed scored the first two goals for Cabot to tie the game thanks to passes from Park. Park finished off the game with a winning goal off the crossbar
Cabot saw some late excitement against Pulaski Academy in their 2-2 draw. Scoreless in the first half, the Lady Bruins took the lead early in the second half. Cabot came right back with a goal by Sydney Farquhason on a cross from Vanessa Weidling. A few minutes later, Cabot took the lead on a penalty kick from Devin Patterson. The Lady Bruins scored on a corner kick with five minutes left to play to tie the game. The Lady Panthers scored in the final second on a tap in from Reed, but a player was judged to be offsides and the goal was disallowed.