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Panthers surrender 2-0 lead in loss to Bruins

Cabot’s Cameron Stokes attempts a corner kick against Pulaski Academy last week at Panther Stadium. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)Buy Photo
Cabot’s Cameron Stokes attempts a corner kick against Pulaski Academy last week at Panther Stadium. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)

The Cabot Panthers suffered a tough 3-2 loss on the soccer field against the Pulaski Academy Bruins last week.

The game began well for the Panthers as they took a 2-0 lead early in the match. Evan Wilson scored the first goal of the game with help from a pass from Trevor Reed. Cabot scored again soon after, when Reed’s shot on goal was saved by the goalkeeper, but the rebound went in the direction of Dylan Wagnon, who cleaned up for the goal and a two-goal lead.

The Bruins came back to tie the game 2-2 before halftime thanks to a pair of long throw-ins. The first goal came directly from a long throw when a 40-yard pass was headed in for the first Pulaski Academy goal.

Cabot had a chance to retake their two-goal advantage just minutes later when Reed dribbled through the defense and had a one on one with the goalkeeper. Reed had the keeper beat, but his shot sailed just wide of the far post.

Pulaski Academy tied the game soon after with the help of another long throw over the Cabot defenders. The Panther keeper rushed out to collect, but was beaten to the ball by a Bruin, who lifted in a short goal.

The second half went much the same as the first half, minus the Cabot goals. The Panthers beat the Bruins in possession, but gave up the winning goal on another long throw that ended with a header into the net.

“The result was disappointing, but not entirely surprising,” said Cabot coach Steve Porter. “I wanted to use this game to give some players time with the varsity team, and I was pleasantly surprised with the performances of a couple of the guys. In particular, I was happy with a freshman who showed that not only could he handled the speed of play at this level, but he actually added physicality that we need to the team.”

Cabot took on Little Rock Central Tuesday night while attempting to go 3-0 in conference action.

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