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Panthers triumph over Wolves, weather

April 3, 2013

Sophomore Grant Hinze heads a ball in a game earlier in the year. The Panthers defeated Lake Hamilton 4-3 on Tuesday in Pearcy to improve to 4-1 in 7A/6A South conference play. STEVEN LOVELL/Special to The Saline Courier

PEARCY – In nasty weather at Lake Hamilton High School, the Benton Panthers soccer team came away with a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Wolves in 7A/6A South conference play on Tuesday night.
“We played very hard in adverse conditions,” Benton Coach Bobby Winn said. “Weather was rainy and in the 30’s.”
The Panthers (5-1-1, 4-1 South)  gave up three goals in the first half, but stuck to the game plan in the second half to come back.
“The difference of the two halves was our defense limited Lake Hamilton’s possession in our half of the field and we played with intensity and outplayed them in the second half,” Winn said.
Junior Jorge Padron scored Benton’s first three goals and senior Daniel Ramirez “buried a shot in the back of the net from 30 yards out” with six minutes left in regulation to give the Panthers their first lead.
“Our upperclassmen led the way showing composure, poise, and character when we were down by 3-1 in the second half to overcome a good Lake Hamilton team,” Winn said.
The Lady Panthers (2-8, 0-4) were tied with the Lady Wolves at the end of their regulation, but lost 4-1 on penalty kicks. Freshman Christin Pierce had Benton’s only goal.

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