Lady Panthers shut out Jonesboro in soccer

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The Cabot Lady Panthers had a big conference win last week against Jonesboro, taking down the Lady Golden Hurricane 6-0 on the soccer field.

Cabot still has a chance to take the conference crown, or at least secure a first round bye in the upcoming state tournament.

“The regular season is winding down and we’re beginning to peak and play some very disciplined soccer,” said Cabot coach Kerry Castillo. “I’m looking forward to our chances in the state playoffs.”

Against Jonesboro, Cabot wasted little time in showing their dominance. Devin Patterson scored the first goal of the night off a corner kick. Patterson’s goal came just hours after she signed to play soccer with Harding University.

Jessica Souza later scored two goals, Braxton Reed added two goals, and Codee Park scored the sixth goal in the second half. Park also had assists on goals by Reed and Patterson.

“We had a lot of girls play well in that game,” said Castillo. “Leelee Denton was very creative with her passing and was very active off the ball. Souza and Reed were working well in tandem, and Amalie Gunn did a good job from the wide flank.”

Cabot didn’t have quite as much luck in a 1-0 loss in their previous game against 7A power Bryant Lady Hornets.

“Defensively, I couldn’t have been more pleased,” Castillo said. “Our backline did an excellent job, and we were organized and disciplined.”

Bryant’s lone goal came after they were awarded a penalty kick with just 5:20 remaining.

“We know we can play with them,” said Castillo. “I’m sure that will give our girls that much more confidence going forward.”

An earlier 7-0 win over West Memphis saw Reed score three goals, while Denton and Maddie Rice scored two goals each.

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