Both Mountain Home High School soccer teams picked up easy victories over Green Forest on Friday night at Bomber Stadium.
Five different Lady Bombers scored goals as the hosts ran to a 5-0 victory over the Lady Tigers. Mountain Home’s girls now have outscored opponents 28-0 through their first four matches of the season.
The Lady Bombers outshot the Lady Tigers 27-2 in the match, including 16-0 in the first half, after which Mountain home held a 3-0 lead.
The Lady Bombers scored a pair of goals in the first minute of the match, with Ana Helmert finding AnnaBelle Nagle for a goal just 32 seconds in, and Katie Dunn scoring just 1:00 into the contest. Dunn later found fellow senior Sydney Blevins for a goal to make it 3-0.
“I think the defense has been solid,” Lady Bombers head coach Jeff Obert said. “We’ve been holding the opponent back and pressing on the attacking side of the field. The other teams haven’t been able to cross the middle of the field very much. That takes a lot of pressure off our goalkeeper and is the reason we’ve been able to have all these shutouts.”
Helmert scored her 12th goal of the season just 3:30 into the second half, and Mackayla Medley scored the hosts’ final goal with 28:00 left in the match, off an assist from Dunn.
Green Forest goalkeeper Francella Villanueva recorded nine saves on the night, while Mountain Home keeper Kira Bailey needed to make only one stop.
The Lady Bombers have seen a pair of tournaments canceled due to weather so far this season, but return to action Monday when they host Harrison.
“We’ve found some competition in the games we’ve played,” Obert said. “Vilonia played very physical, and this group (Green Forest) had a really talented goalkeeper. We’ll get a challenge on Monday. Harrison always has a pretty good team.”
The Bombers ran to a 5-0 lead by halftime against the defending Class 4A state champions. Like their female counterparts, the Bombers (4-0) also scored two quick goals to start their match.
Greg Aloisi took a throw-in from Lukas Koepke on the right sideline and scored the first goal, while Koepke’s next throw-in went to David Manolof, who launched a high shot that bounced off Green Forest goalkeeper Rodrigo Lopez.
Mountain Home’s Preston Groesbeck was there off the deflection, knocking the rebound in the net for a 2-0 lead just 1:49 into the match.
Drew Hatman scored the Bombers’ third goal with 24:58 left in the half, and Corey Queen made it 4-0 just a couple minutes later off an assist by Jose Sampelayo. The final goal of the first half came on an outside-of-the-foot shot by Groesbeck off an assist by Victor Arrelaro with 11:53 left in the half.
Adam McLean scored the Bombers’ second-half goal on a header off a corner kick by Mitch McDonald with 9:17 remaining. Green Forest later scored its only goal.
Mountain Home goalkeepers Brett Hensley and Mikey McLean made one save each.
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