De Queen squeaks by White Hall

WHITE HALL – De Queen scored just one goal early in the first half but it was enough to squeak by White Hall 1-0 Friday night.

With 34:04 left in the first half, sophomore Loida Carranza scored with a dribbler that snuck past the White Hall keeper and give De Queen (6-5, 2-0) the 1-0 lead.

“One of my outside midfielders just made a good outside pass and (Carranza) was able to make a little move around the defender and kind of snuck one into the corner,” De Queen head coach Jason Barker said. “It wasn’t a real powerful kick but it was just enough for the goal.”

From that point on it became a real defense struggle, as neither team was really able to put anything together.

White Hall (2-4-1, 0-1 in 5A South) got off to kind of a slow start and had about three shots on goal in the first half. Head coach Dexter Barksdale attributed the slow start to the long break.

“Practice got rained out last week,” Barksdale said. “It was a tough loss and we started the game off a little slow.

“We bounced back towards the end of the first half and the start of the second. Hopefully we can come back next week and see what we can do.”

De Queen took about seven shots on goal in the game. Barker said midway through the second half he backed off from trying to score and tried to be more conservative.

“I realize we will take a 1-0 win,” Barker said. “So we kind of backed up into defensive mode, because our offense wasn’t looking real good.

“They were doing a good job of stopping our forwards.”

White Hall’s best chance to tie the game in the second half came with less than 2 minutes left.

“To their credit they had a really good defense and it was real close there at the end,” Barksdale said. “That’s something we will need to focus on is getting the ball in the net.”

White Hall will play at Hot Springs Lakeside on Tuesday.

“I thought we started out real well,” Barker said. “Our spacing and everything was great, but we kind of got sloppy there in the middle.”