Panthers pounce on Eagles

LITTLE ROCK – The Benton Panthers soccer team had no trouble with the JA Fair War Eagles in 7A/6A South conference action on Wednesday in Little Rock. The Panthers won 7-0 and Coach Bobby Winn said his team didn’t suffer a hangover after its emotional victory against Bryant last week. It was the first time Benton boys soccer beat Bryant since 2004.
“The team played really focused after a huge win vs. Bryant and did not play into a trap game situation,” Winn said.
Junior David Powery got the scoring started for the Panthers (9-1-1, 8-1 South) getting a goal in the first few possessions of the game. Benton led 4-0 at the half.
“We possessed the ball well and started off the second half really fast with three goals in 5:30 minutes to start the mercy rule,” Winn said. “We showed good patience and played with poise, character, and composure to get our eighth consecutive conference victory.”
Seniors Daniel Ramirez and Tanner Westpheling scored the remaining goals after Powery’s opener. Both finished with three goals apiece.
The Panthers will take on conference foe Sheridan today in Benton. Junior varsity boys start at 4 p.m. followed by JV girls, and varsity girls and boys.