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Lady Panthers rout Marion, tie Central in soccer

Mark Buffalo Cabot’s Keeara Carter battles a Central player for the ball in the Lady Panthers’ 0-0 tie with the Lady Tigers.Buy Photo
Mark Buffalo Cabot’s Keeara Carter battles a Central player for the ball in the Lady Panthers’ 0-0 tie with the Lady Tigers.
Mark Buffalo Cabot’s Jessica Souza controls the ball against Little Rock Central on Thursday at Panther Stadium.Buy Photo
Mark Buffalo Cabot’s Jessica Souza controls the ball against Little Rock Central on Thursday at Panther Stadium.

The Cabot Panthers soccer team went undefeated last week, beating Marion 10-0 in a 7A/6A-East conference game earlier in the week then tied Little Rock Central 0-0 in a non-conference game Thursday at Panther Stadium.

Jessica Souza and Maddie Rice scored two goals each in the win over Marion. Also scoring were Braxton Reed, Devin Patterson, Hana Christensen, Heather Payne, Sydney Farquharson and Anna Applegate.

“We came back from spring break refreshed and ready to play,” Cabot coach Kerry Castillo said. “Our passing, movement and possession were wonderful. Sometimes the kids just need to go be exactly that — kids. They need to relax and recharge their batteries. The girls played wonderfully in our first conference game.”

Cabot was ahead 6-0 after 20 minutes. At that point, Castillo substituted with his reserves.

“They picked up where the starters left off,” he said. “I was very pleased and really enjoyed watching the girls play this game.”

In the scoreless tie with Central, Cabot appeared to score early in the first half when Souza put the ball into the back of the net but the Lady Panthers were called offsides.

“That instance was basically a summary of how our night would go,” Castillo said. “We played brilliantly on defense. Central rarely strung together any possession yet we were overly direct in our attack and I thought we could have slowed the tempo down to a more ball-control style that we’re certainly capable of.”

Castillo said he was pleased with his team’s work rate in transition but they slowed a bit in the second half. “We did, however, have a chance to learn a little about our opponent, and in the next meeting that counts, we’ll certainly have a different plan and style about us.”

The Lady Panthers are currently in the top spot in the conference.

“I feel like some of our best soccer is about to be unlocked with many of the girls gaining confidence,” Castillo said. “This group is very talented and I’m having a great time being around these young ladies and coaching them.”

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