HARRISON — It was a very untypical state tournament for De Queen soccer teams. Both went out in the first round, the first time ever for a Leopard boys squad.
The Leopards lost to Clarksville in shoot out that went to the 12th shot.
De Queen scored 20 minutes into the game with Carlos Cerrato providing an assist to Jose Martinez.
De Queen scored a second goal, but off side was called to negate the score.
After the first half ended with the Leopards up 1-0, Clarksville got a goal four minutes into the second. Neither team could get the ball home again in regulation play.
Two overtime periods were scoreless to bring up the shoot out. Both teams made the first seven shots. Both missed the eighth, but made the ninth and tenth.
In the second round of 10 shots, both teams made the first shot. De Queen’s second was blocked, and Clarksville’s was good to decide the match.
“Both teams played better defensively than offensively,” said De Queen coach Stephen Sloan.
“In the second half, they had a couple of chances to score. We had some excellent opportunities. We had an open goal, but the shot hit the cross bar,” the coach said.
“We were playing really well in the middle of the year. We probably peaked a little too early. We went into a lull late in the year and just couldn’t get out of it.”
The Lady Leopards lost to Vilonia 3-2.
De Queen scored first on a goal by Sara Victoriano with Kenya Martinez providing an assist.
After a Vilonia goal, the same combination worked again for De Queen. However, Vilonia was able to tie the game before the half.
The winning goal came 30 minutes into the second half.
Vilonia’s veteran team had a sizable advantage in experience over the Lady Leopards’ freshmen and sophomore heavy line-up which may have been a factor.
“The girls did a great job of replacing eight starters. They got better as the year went on,” Sloan said. “To win conference after losing that many starters is a huge accomplishment.”