The Siloam Springs boys’ soccer team earned a 2-1 win over defending state champion Van Buren on Tuesday night.
“It was a great way to bounce back from losing points in Russellville,” Siloam Springs coach Luke Shoemaker said. “Van Buren is a talented team that will be competing for another state title next week, so coming out on the road and winning with a few key players injured was admirable. I was proud of our effort and tenacity. “
Siloam Springs was coming off a 4-1 loss at Russellville on Friday.
The Panthers, who lost to Van Buren 1-0 on a late goal on April 5, awarded a penalty early in the second half in Tuesday’s game.
Siloam Springs used a pair of set pieces to get back into the game.
Edwin Batres joined Ronald Mancia from a corner for a goal. Batres then had a free kick to find Tate Broquard for a second goal and what would be the eventual winner of the match.
“We gave up a PK early in the second half but kept fighting back,” Shoemaker said. “Both goals weren’t pretty but they were serious and sometimes that’s all you need.”
Siloam Springs 2, Vilonia 0
The Panthers scored a pair of late goals in the final 10 minutes to end the regular season with a win at Vilonia on Wednesday.
Siloam Springs (13-3-4, 10-2-2) was missing six players through injury, coach Luke Shoemaker said.
Erik Gomez scored unassisted in the 72nd minute to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead.
Edwin Batres assisted Ivan Sandoval’s 74th-minute goal for a 2-0 lead.
The Panthers will now travel to El Dorado this week for the Class 5A state tournament, which begins Thursday with the first round. Full tournament brackets were not available at press time.