Lone goal lifts Owasso past Bentonville West

CENTERTON -- For Bentonville West, Friday's soccer match was more of the same old thing.

In a season in which the Wolverines have been competitive in each of their three losses only to allow late scores, Friday was a repeat performance, as they allowed the only score of the match in the 49th minute to drop a 1-0 decision to Owasso, Okla., in Wolverine Stadium.

"It's been lapses," West coach John Marshall said. "We play well. We maintain the ball well at times, and we play well defensively at times, and then it's just lapses. Somebody will fall asleep defensively and we'll get a goal scored on us."

On Friday, that goal came late. Jaden Bhinhar, who had several chances on goal throughout the match only to be denied by the Wolverines, finally found a soft spot in the defense, by putting a shot past West keeper Evan Guentz.

"The (Owasso) defender received the ball, opened up and hit a diagonal ball to (Bhinhar) running in from the backside," Marshall said. "That's something we've talked about over and over and that is what they did. I thought we did a good job of defending that, but then we just had that lapse."

West had opportunities to tie the score in the waning moments. With 27 seconds remaining, a Wolverine header, which was deflected over the cross-bar by the Owasso keeper, resulted in a corner-kick for West, which was wide right of the goal as time expired.

Guentz made six saves on the night, including a nice one inside the keeper's box after Owasso's Christian Johnson beat West's defense for wide-open run on goal.

"That one-one one was huge," Marshall said. "Evan Guentz has been coming up big for us, and he's only a freshman."

With the loss, West falls to 1-3-1 on the season.

West opens 7A-West Conference play Tuesday by hosting Van Buren.

Girls: Owasso 5, Bentonville West 1

Owasso's Emily Ackerman scored three goals, including two in the match's first 15 minutes to lead the Rams.

Owasso dominated possession on West's half of the pitch, peppering Lady Wolverines' keeper Addison Dawson with 18 shots on goal. Dawson made 13 saves in the match.

Tara Garringer scored on a free kick from about 30 yards out to pull the Lady Wolverines within 2-1 in the 37th minute, as West kept things close for 48 minutes. But when Owasso's Morgan Krispense scored on a corner kick by Shelby Gibbs, it led to a deluge of points for the Lady Rams.

Ackerman added her third goal about six minutes later, on a laser shot from about 20 yards out. Then, when West failed to clear a through ball by Owasso, Gracie Pate corralled the loose ball for the Lady Rams' final goal in the 72nd minute.

West falls to 3-3 on the season with the loss.

Girls: Rogers High 5, Holland Hall 0

Skylurr Patrick and Eli Verser scored two goals each to lead the Lady Mounties to the win in the opening round of the Greenwood tournament on Friday.

Kristen Babbitt added two assists, while Verser and Grace Carroll had one assist each for Rogers (2-1-1). The Lady Mounties take on the Bentonville-Russellville winner today at 1.

Conway 2, Rogers Heritage 1

The Lady War Eagles scored a late goal, but couldn't get the equalizer in a nonconference loss Friday evening.

Conway jumped to a 2-0 halftime lead, but Macie Bowman scored on an assist from Ruth Duran to get Heritage (2-2) within a goal with 10 minutes left.

Sports on 03/10/2018

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