Bombers hold off Wildcats

Bombers hold off Wildcats


Bombers hold off Wildcats


The Mountain Home Bombers remained unbeaten in nail-biting fashion, picking up a 1-0 victory over the North Little Rock Charging Wildcats in 7A-6A-East Conference play Friday night at Bomber Stadium.

A goal by Greg Aloisi just 2:47 into the match ended up being the deciding factor as the Bombers had to weather a flurry of shots on goal by the Wildcats in the second half to earn their second league victory.

Mountain Home is now 8-0 overall and 2-0 in conference play and has outscored opponents 28-2 thus far.

The very first shot on goal in the match came when Preston Groesbeck passed ahead to Aloisi, who raced the goalkeeper to the ball and got there a split second quicker, tapping the ball onward, into the net.

The teams were fairly even in shots in the first half, with North Little Rock taking seven to Mountain Home’s five.

Bomber goalkeeper Brett Hensley made two great saves on shots by Nicholas Vasquez and Drew Shimek to turn away the Wildcats in the first half, but the visitors peppered Hensley in the second half.

North Little Rock outshot Mountain Home 10-2 in the second half for a total of 17-7 on the night. Hensley and the Mountain Home defense were up to the challenge, and Hensley made 10 saves on the night.

The Bombers and Lady Bombers return to action Tuesday when they host Jonesboro for conference matches.

Lady Wildcats 3,

Lady Bombers 2

North Little Rock rallied from a 2-1 deficit with two second-half goals to steal a conference victory over Mountain Home in the girls’ match.

Almost all the match’s goals were scored with the wind as the Lady Bombers scored a pair of goals in the first half, and the Lady Wildcats’ lone goal in the opening half was on an own goal by Mountain Home.

Sophomore Ana Helmert struck first for Mountain Home, taking a shot that bounced away from the goalkeeper and putting it in the net with 21:47 left in the half.

Over the next seven minutes, the Lady Wildcats had several opportunities before a shot deflected off a Mountain Home player for a goal with 14:18 left. The Lady Bombers ended the half with Kaytlin Jones taking a pass from Magen Pedigo and blasting a high, hard shot for a 2-1 lead with 9:33 left in the half.

Each team took nine shots in the first half, but while Mountain Home outshot North Little Rock 9-5 in the second half, it was the Lady Wildcats who made the most of their attempts.

North Little Rock’s Savana Melton turned an fired a shot into the net with 27:53 left to even the score. The Lady Wildcats had two more easy looks ahead of the Lady Bomber defense, but Mountain Home goalkeeper Kira Bailey turned them both away with diving saves.

The Lady Wildcats finally broke the tie with 9:35 left when Camdyn McDaniel lofted a free kick and Melton outraced the Lady Bombers for an open shot on the goal to make it 3-2.

Helmert had a left-footed shot turned away, and Sydney Blevins pushed a shot past the keeper with 4:40 remaining, but it trickled just inches to the right of the post.

Bailey made six saves on the night, and the Lady Bombers outshot the Lady Wildcats 18-14.

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