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Soccer: Northside Falls; Greenwood Advances To Title Match

Matt Mahan scored seconds before the halftime whistle to lift Greenwood to the 6A State Championship, 1-0, past Jonesboro.

The Bulldogs will play Russellville in the final Friday at 8 p.m. at University of Arkansas Razorback Field.

Mahan’s goal came only a few minutes after Jonesboro stopped a Greenwood penalty shot. Other teams have employed a set-up-shop mentality after going ahead in the playoffs. Greenwood kept trying for more.

“It was a pretty even game,” Greenwood coach Andrew Post said. “You knew it was going to be a one-goal game. Traded chances. Tough little battle. Fortunately our defense held tight and (goal keeper) Baylee Moore was his traditional self.”

Greenwood split its season series against Russellville in 7A/6A Central play, with the Bulldogs winning a 1-0 in the front-half of the schedule and Russellville taking the second, 3-1.

The championship will be Greenwood’s first soccer state final in school history for boys or girls.