Rain, rain go away

El Do­rado soc­cer teams get back into ac­tion

El Dorado News-Times - - Sports - By Tony Burns Sports Ed­i­tor

Weather has been the big story for sev­eral spring sports this sea­son with games post­poned or can­celled. No where has the rain fallen harder than on El Do­rado’s soc­cer sched­ule, which has had four games af­fected by the weather.

Coach Neville Matthews ad­mit­ted his teams have strug­gled to get into any kind of a groove due to the spo­radic games.

“It’s kind of killed our flow,” he said.

El Do­rado will host Lake Hamil­ton to­day in a game that was orig­i­nally sched­uled to be played last Fri­day. Ac­tion be­gins at 4 p.m. with the ju­nior var­sity.

The Wild­cats did get two games in last week, los­ing at Hot Springs Lake­side 4-0 on Tues­day and at DeQueen 5-0 on Thurs­day. El Do­rado’s boys bring a 4-5-2 record into to­day’s play.

“The boys have had some for­mi­da­ble com­pe­ti­tion against teams like Lake­side and DeQueen, which have been for­mi­da­ble teams in the past. We did well against them. They just have so many weapons,” said Matthews, who took over the boys team this sea­son. He said the team is still ad­just­ing to his per­son­al­ity and to a dif­fer­ent style of play.

“We are about at 65 per­cent of where I want them to be. I’ve got a cou­ple is­sues I have to make some ad­just­ments on. I don’t have a deep bench so it’s a big chess match. I’m work­ing with what I’ve got.”

The Lady Wild­cats are 9-2 over­all and 2-2 in league. El Do­rado’s girls won at DeQueen 4-2 last week, aveng­ing one of their two losses.

Af­ter slug­gish per­for­mances against sub­par com­pe­ti­tion early in the sea­son, Matthews said he likes the way the Lady Wild­cats are com­ing along.

“Pretty good, ac­tu­ally,” he said. “We lost to Texarkana in a shootout. That was the first game af­ter Spring Break. They were very slug­gish. They didn’t play that game at all. And then we played DeQueen and we lost on a free kick, which was no big deal. We made up for that. I’m sure we’re go­ing to make up for Texarkana, also.”

El Do­rado is look­ing for­ward to get­ting back on the field to­day, es­pe­cially in front of friendly fans.

“Lake Hamil­ton has im­proved a lot. When we played them at their place, we beat them 2-1 but that was very early in the sea­son. I’m sure they’ve got­ten bet­ter and we’ve got­ten a whole lot bet­ter, too,” Matthews said. “So, I’m very ex­cited about that game. It’s go­ing to be a good gauge for us.”

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In the open field: El Do­rado's Car­son Henry ma­neu­vers past a Sheri­dan de­fender dur­ing tour­na­ment ac­tion early in the sea­son. El Do­rado's teams will host Lake Hamil­ton to­day, be­gin­ning with JV ac­tion at 4 p.m.

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On the dot­ted line: El Do­rado's Macey Barker, cen­ter, signs to play ten­nis at South­ern Arkansas Univer­sity. Barker is flanked by her par­ents, Robyn and Judge Jack Barker.

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