FAYETTEVILLE – It just wasn’t Cabot’s day.
The Lady Panthers lost to Bentonville, 4-0, on a soggy Saturday afternoon at the University of Arkansas in the Class 7A girls state title match.
This was a rematch of last year’s championship match and the results were again the same.
Bentonville’s Lauren Hargus had the hat trick for the Lady Tigers and was named the match’s Most Valuable Player. Hargus, a senior, has signed to play at the University of Central Arkansas next season.
She’ll be joined in Conway by Cabot’s Hadley Dickinson, who also signed with UCA.
Dickinson was one of four seniors on the state finals roster for Cabot this year.
“Just not our day,” said Cabot coach Kerry Castillo. “That’s all I can chalk it up to. Just not our day. We certainly did create our chances”
Cabot came out and was aggressive from the start as most of the first half seemed like it was played in front of Bentonville’s goal. But Bentonville goalkeeper Madee East came up on shot after shot but nothing for Cabot was able to dribble in.
“The game was wide open from the get go and we had a lot of chances to score,” Castillo said. “Both of us created chances and they put the ball in the back of the goal and we didn’t.”
Bentonville took the 3-0 lead into the break and it was Hargus who set the final margin with 8:45 remaining in the match.
Cabot had entered the match 23-2 and was ranked as the No. 1 team in the state by MaxPreps.com, while Bentonville was No. 2 in the same poll and was 21-3 on the season but all three losses were to out of state teams.
Cabot hadn’t given up four goals all season, and this was the first time they were shutout.