Leader Blues

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

SPORTS >> Wampus Cats upend Cabot

By CHAD MATCHETT
Special to The Leader

Cabot gave Conway all they wanted, but couldn’t stop the Wampus Cats from running their winning streak to 42 games.

The Panthers fell 2-0 to the Wampus Cats on Monday afternoon in the Class 7A State Tournament at North Little Rock.

“They’re definitely a solid team, I mean their record speaks for itself,” said Cabot coach Clark Bing. “But I thought we played really well and were able to frustrate them sometimes.”

Cabot was able to keep Conway from having many good looks at the goal for the first 20 minutes of the match.

Conway started to break down the Cabot defense over the final 20 minutes of the first half. The Cats finally broke through with just over eight minutes remaining when Connor Silvestri found the back of the net to give Conway a 1-0 lead at halftime.

“We’ve been down 1-0 at the break several times this year, so we didn’t panic,” said Bing. “We really probably played as solid as we have all year. I think we’re one of few teams that can match up with them pretty well athletically.”

Conway scored again on a long shot from the left side of the field to the right corner of the goal 11 minutes into the second half.

Cabot didn’t get off a solid shot on goal until the final 15 minutes of the match.

“Conway doesn’t mess around much on defense,” Bing said. “They just don’t make mistakes back there.”

Cabot finished its season with a 9-9 record.