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Soccer: Season ends for Bulldogs

Siloam Springs 2, Greenwood 0

GIRLS — Greenwood’s season came to a bit of a premature end in a 2-0 loss to the Lady Panthers in the 6A quarterfinals at Searcy.

Despite dominating possession in the first half, Greenwood couldn’t solve their hiccups around goal. A rock solid defense could only hold the fort for so long.

“The story all year has been us finishing and we could not finish,” Greenwood coach Chris Young said. “Had the ball in their end and just couldn’t get a goal.”

Third-seeded Siloam Springs adjusted at halftime, Young said. They moved players around in positions and the Lady Bulldogs were unsure how to respond.

The Lady Panthers broke the tie on a free kick in the second half and added another as time wound down.

“It was a hard way to finish. I felt like it was a team we could beat,” Young said. “Hannah White and Hope Hesslen are two of our five seniors and they really just led us all year with their attitude and their effort. That’s the hardest part, losing those.”

Searcy 5, Greenwood 0

BOYS — The Greenwood boys had no answer for a Searcy team Young called one of the best his team played all year.

Searcy picked up a pair of goals on penalties and kept Greenwood from building any sort of attack. The Bulldogs spent most of the game defending.

“Searcy is as good a team as we’ve seen,” Young said. “Really moved well without the ball, extremely athletic, very well coached. They were just a different level of team.”

The Bulldogs lose only two of their 25 players next season — sweeper Avery Sinkular and midfielder Brandon Williams.

“Avery had an amazing career and Brandon Williams, who had an amazing goal to win our first game. I expect good things from these kids in the future.”

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