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Panthers off to slow start in soccer

The Cabot Panthers soccer team is off to a slow start this season, falling to 0-4-1 after a 2-1 loss to North Little Rock in the 7A/6A-East opener.

Junior Trevor Reed scored Cabot’s lone goal. He has five goals on the season.

“There is no doubt that we are not where we would like to be at this point the season,” Cabot coach Steve Porter said. “But it is way too early to panic.”

Porter said the losses have been disappointing.

“There are plenty of positives to draw from our performances,” he said. “None of our losses have been by more than one goal — meaning we are competitive; and arguably, in every game, we have out-possessed our opponents.”

Porter said his team completes more passes than the opposition.

“Unfortunately, when it comes to converting our chances and putting the ball in the back of the net, we have failed to capitalize,” Porter said. “Some of that can probably be attributed to lack of experience — currently we start six sophomores, but I think the larger factor is the quality of our play in the final third.

“I think once their composure in front of goal improves we are likely to score in bunches, and we will become a very attack-oriented, high-scoring team. Hopefully, that will begin after spring break when we travel to Marion for our second conference game.”

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