Lady Pi­o­neers play to score­less tie

Westside Eagle-Observer - - SPORTS - MARK HUMPHREY Spe­cial to Ea­gle Ob­server

PRAIRIE GROVE — The Gen­try girls’ soc­cer team played Prairie Grove to a 0-0 tie last week.

In a Mon­day, March 12, match with Prairie Grove, both teams had corner kicks in the first half, but nei­ther could score a goal off the play. At the 4:46 mark Prairie Grove missed a shot-on-goal. Gen­try tried to mount an of­fense as the half wore down but couldn’t get a shot off be­fore time ex­pired. Nei­ther team scored in the sec­ond half, although Gen­try coach Jor­dan Par­ton felt the Lady Pi­o­neers played up to Prairie Grove’s level.

“In the sec­ond half, we came out and matched their level of in­ten­sity,” Par­ton said. “We had a few op­por­tu­ni­ties we couldn’t quite cap­i­tal­ize on. We played hard and we played with dis­ci­pline.”

Prairie Grove coach Stephanie Mitchell said the Lady Tigers were a lit­tle bit tired from hav­ing com­peted in a tour­na­ment the pre­vi­ous week­end. Yet, she liked the ef­fort.

“They played to their best ef­fort,” Mitchell said. “We’re a lit­tle bit tired, but it’s noth­ing we can’t clean up.”

Goalie Jaylia Hal­bert stopped sev­eral Gen­try shots in the sec­ond half and played an in­stru­men­tal role in pre­serv­ing the shutout.

“She’s very con­fi­dent in­side the goal,” Mitchell said. “In the sec­ond half none of the shots were very dif­fi­cult for her to make a stop, just rou­tine catches we make.”

The Gen­try girls lost their March 15 away match at Dar­danelle, 6-1. No other Gen­try stats were avail­able for the Thurs­day game.

MARK HUMPHREY EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

Gen­try and Prairie Grove play­ers com­pete for con­trol of the ball dur­ing a girls’ soc­cer match March 12 at Prairie Grove. The Lady Pi­o­neers and Lady Tigers played to a score­less tie.

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