The De Queen soccer teams played three games in one week.
The Leopards clawed the Senators twice. De Queen won both matches with visiting Joe T. Robinson High April 8.
The Lady Leopards won 5-2.
Robinson made two big plays, one at the start of each half. In the first half Mackenzie Frederick, who is being recruited by multiple colleges, took the ball down the right side then sent a crossing pass to Alex Rouse right in front of the goal for a wide open shot and a 1-0 lead only 92 seconds into the game.
The lead was short lived. Yatzari Dominguez sent a pass through a gap in the defense to Sara Victoriano who dribbled the ball 20 yards before driving it home from five yards out. The goal tied the score at 1-1 with 37:37 remaining in the first half.
The Lady Leopards held Frederick in check and kept getting the ball back to Victoriano. With 19:29 left in the half Victoriano scored from 25 yards out. Robinson’s goalie managed to deflect the hard flat trajectory shot, but not enough to send it above the cross bar.
De Queen’s lead went to 3-0 when Jooana Guerrero sent a shot just inside the right upright with 2:40 in the half.
The second half began with Robinson’s second big play. Frederick took a long kick from the goalie and went from near midfield to a point blank shot that cut the De Queen lead to 3-2 with 38:48 remaining in the game.
De Queen’s Jason Barker went to the soccer equivalent of basketball’s box and one defense. Steffi Rojas, the fastest Lady Leopard, stayed with Frederick everywhere. When Rojas went out after losing a contact, tenacious Natalie Martinez took over.
The closest Frederick came to scoring was a miss on a 22 yard free kick after being swarmed by a host of Lady Leopards and fouled on another break away attempt.
De Queen came within inches of a fourth goal when a 40 yard free kick by Victoriano hit the crossbar with 26:19 to go. The fourth goal came with 21:59 when a Robinson hand ball in the box sent Victoriano to the line for a penalty kick.
The final goal came with 14:54 to play. Miryana Rafael sent a slow roller toward the goal. The goalie came out for it, but Victoriano got there first and kicked the ball into the empty net.
The Lady Leopards had 25 shots in the match. Abby Ponce stopped 14 Robinson shots, including two that would have been goals.
The Leopards scored very early and dominated in a 6-0 victory.
Only 17 seconds had elapsed when Jose Martinez headed a pass from Alejandro Lerma into the net for De Queen’s first goal.
Nine minutes later Lerma finessed the goal keeper on a penalty kick and tapped a soft shot home to make it 2-0.
Jason Huesca scored on a 10 yard kick for the third goal with 23:05 remaining in the first half.
Alex Ramirez made it 4-0 with a 20 yarder off an assist by Jesus Marrufo with 7:51 in the half.
The score remained the same until 34:21 was left in the game. Fernando Morales scored with an assist by Jampiere Flores to give De Queen a 5-0 lead.
The Leopards did not get the final goal until 5:53 remained on the clock when freshman Christopher Alonso made a sliding kick to send the ball rolling into the net.
Making up a rained out match with Hope had the Leopards playing on consecutive days. Both teams won the April 9 meetings with Hope. The girls had an easier time than the previous day while the boys had a bit more difficulty.
De Queen won the boys match 2-0. Both goals came in the first half, just barely.
A much improved Hope defense limited the number of Leopard shots. An effort by Jampiere Flores bounced off the crossbar at 36:30 in the first half. It was 17 minutes before De Queen got another shot. This one by Jose Martinez was wide right.
The Leopards got the only goal they would need when Sebastian Bahena scored with an assist by Alejandro Lerma at 17:00 of the first half.
The half was expiring when Fernando Morales lofted a long pass to Estaban Gardea for short straight away shot that made it 2-0 with :34 before halftime.
The Lady Leopards were in control from the start in a 5-0 victory.
Sara Victoriano had four of the De Queen goals and freshman Daphne Villeda one.
Jooana Guerrero had one assist.
Abby Ponce made five stops and Julissa Cuevas one.
De Queen had 23 shots on goal.
De Queen at Mena
The week ended with the De Queen boys team stifling the Bearcats 3-0.
The lone goal in the first half came from Stevie Rodriquez with an assist by Jampiere Flores.
In the second half Alejandro Lerma put in the Leopards’ second goal with Jose Martinez providing the assist.
The scoring closed with another Rodriquez goal with a Flores assist.
De Queen’s conference season is set to conclude Monday, April 22, at Hope. The conference tournament will start double check April 26. Both De Queen teams will host a first round game. The remainder of the tournament will be played at Arkadelphia May 2-4.