Early goal holds up as Bryant boys win eighth in a row

GREENWOOD — After the Bryant Hornets’ Jhorman Cruz drilled a goal off a feed from Martin Ramierez less than 10 minutes into their 7A/6A-Central Conference match against the Greenwood Bulldogs on Friday night, it became a little less like futbol and a little more like football.

But the Hornets persevered and made the single goal stand up for the victory, their ninth in 10 matches this season and second in as many league battles. They’ve now won eight in a row and the last six by shutout.

But perhaps their sternest test to date awaits on Tuesday at Conway against the rival Wampus Cats.

Greenwood dropped to 2-8-1 on the season with the loss.

“It was not a pretty win but I’ll take it,” said Hornets coach Jason Hay. “It turned into kick ball. Greenwood was very physical and dropped into their half on defense. We were not patient and started to just kick it.”

The Bulldogs didn’t really attempt a goal as Bryant fired over 20.

“We will need to improve everything to have a chance at Conway,” Hay asserted.

The match will be the first against a Class 7A member of the league, meaning that, unlike the matches against the 6A members, it will count toward qualifying for the State Tournament for both teams.

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