The Cabot Panthers and Lady Panthers soccer teams split two games with Searcy last week.
The Lady Panthers lost to Searcy in penalty kicks after a scoreless regulation.
Cabot’s Tabby Owens and Devin Patterson made their penalty kids but Cabot lost 4-2 in the shootout.
The Lady Panthers are qualified for the state tournament, which starts Thursday at Panther Stadium. However, they do not know their seeding as of press time.
The Cabot Panthers shut out Searcy 3-0 in penalty kicks after regulation ended with a 1-1 tie.
Searcy was the conference champions and undefeated in conference play prior to the game.
The Panthers sit in fifth place in the the central standings but do not know if they will play in the state tournament as of press time because of remaining games to be played by other schools.
Cabot’s Trevor Reed scored to tie the game in regulation on an assist by Brandon Smith.
Jack Whisker made four saves in the shootout. Cabot converted penalty kids by Kyle Edgar, Blakelin Devore and Reed.
“The win against Searcy was huge,” Cabot coach Steve Porter said. “Not only does it give us a chance to qualify for the state tournament, but beating a strong team like that in a way vindicates how good a team I have thought we were all along.”
The Lions have won six state championship over the past seven seasons.
“We started the season poorly from a results standpoint, but all long we have played well,” Porter said .All of our losses have come by a single goal or in penalty kicks. In all of those games we out-possessed our opponents and created as many if not more chances than them. All this was achieved with six sophomores starting. I am very proud of how well the boys have played this year and how hard they have worked.”