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Panthers open soccer season

The Cabot Panthers soccer team lost their opening match of the season, but bounced back with two wins and a tie before spring break came.

Cabot’s four games have come against some of the best competition in the state. The loss came at Springdale, which was the state runner-up last year, and the state champ two years ago.

The second game and first win came against Valley View, the defending Class 5A champions. Cabot took control early with a 3-0 lead at half, then cruised to the 4-0 win. Trevor Reed led the way for the Panthers with a pair of goals. Edi Alfonso and Fabian Knoell both scored as well.

Next came Cabot’s 2-2 tie with powerhouse Searcy. Searcy has won the 6A state championship six of the last seven years. Reed had another two-goal game for the Panthers.

“We conceded two poor goals, but we didn’t let that affect us” said Cabot coach Steve Porter. “The guy kept fighting, and that spirit is something that can take them a long way.”

Just before the spring break, Cabot took on an undefeated Maumelle Hornets team. The Panthers took down the Hornets 2-1 with both goals again coming from Reed.

The score might not have been as close, but the Panthers were missing two starters and lost another during the game due to an injury.

“I was disappointed in our ability to keep possession,” Porter said. “But I have to be happy with the results, especially when I look back and notice that we finished the game without six starters on the field.”

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