Allowing a goal 30 seconds into the match wasn’t how Greenwood coach Chris Young wanted to start against Parkview.
The good news was it gave the Bulldogs another 79 minutes, 30 seconds to come back.
Greenwood did exactly that Friday as Matias Ebeling tied the match at the 11-minute mark and scored the winning goal in the 73rd to beat Parkview, 2-1.
The ball fell directly into Ebeling’s path from 30 yards out after the Parkview goal keeper made a save by punching it out directly in front of the goal. Ebeling hesitated, lined up his kick and curled it from 26 yards beyond the diving keeper to give Greenwood the lead.
It was Greenwood’s second win against Parkview this season. The first was also close, with the Bulldogs winning in penalties.
"I thought we played much better tonight," Greenwood coach Chris Young said. "We dominated possession, we were able to knock the ball around, just struggled in finishing. They dropped quite a few guys back and we didn’t do a good job in the final third. But I’m very proud of how our defense played."
The opening goal from Frederick Newman took precisely 31 seconds. He fielded a through ball about 50 yards out and simply outran the Greenwood defense to find himself clear on goal, easily tucking in a chance from 10 yards.
Greenwood (3-7 in 7A/6A Central) tied in similar fashion when Ebeling fielded a Bulldogs through ball to catch the Parkview (1-8) defense in a backpedal. Like Newman before him, Ebeling also went clearly through on goal for an easy score.
Baylee Moore helped keep Greenwood tied making a pair of quality saves in the 14th and 58th minutes. The early one was especially well done as a Parkview free kick from 30 yards went over the ball and dipped toward him. He managed to get his fingertips on the ball enough to pop it up and off the crossbar where it bounced out of the area.
"This is Baylee’s second year to play soccer but he’s a wide receiver on the football team and he just has unbelievable hands," Young said. "And good reaction time. Definitely helped us win the game."
Parkview had one other real chance to re-take a lead in the 44th minute when a cross found an attacker without a defender for five yards in any direction just 8 yards from goal. But the cross took an odd hop and the player scuffled as he tried to play the ball down to his feet, falling to the ground.
Most of Greenwood’s losses have been to larger schools this year and Young isn’t worried about the overall record, just about how his team is preparing for the playoffs. The Bulldogs entered Friday’s game fifth in the 6A-East power rankings.
"There’s no doubt we’re getting better. Against 6A teams, we’re 3-1," Young said. "If we continue to improve you never what’s going to happen in 6A.
There was no girls game Friday as Parkview notified teams it would have to forfeit the remainder of its schedule because of injuries. The Lady Bulldogs (6-4) will get credit for a win 1-0 win in the standings and power rankings.
HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER
Greenwood 2, Little Rock Parkview 1
Parkview 1 0 – 1
Greenwood 1 1 – 2
Par - Newman, 1st minute
Gre - Ebeling, 11th minute
Gre - Ebeling, 73rd minute