WHITE HALL — De Queen scored five goals in the second half as the Leopards defeated White Hall 6-1 Friday night.
“I just think we got a little fatigued,” White Hall head coach Jason Bolick said. “We don’t have the depth that De Queen does. I just think the fatigue got to us.
“We just weren’t conditioned enough for this game.”
De Queen led 1-0 at halftime but quickly increased its lead with 33:26 left in the game. Sophomore midfielder Scott Maya scored on a breakaway and put the ball in the right lower corner.
With 18:04 left, Maya scored again in front of the keeper thanks to an assist from the left side of the field. It gave the Leopards a 3-0 lead.
“We try to rotate a lot of guys through and that’s the kind of system we have had,” De Queen head coach Stephen Sloan said. “We try to put a lot of pressure on the defense line.
“We want to keep making runs at them because a lot of people don’t rotate back there. Eventually it wears them out.”
De Queen (12-1, 1-0 in 5A-South) increased its lead to 4-0 when senior midfielder Andy Perez scored with 13:57 left in the game. Perez picked up his second goal of the night when he banked one in with 10:36 left to give the Leopards a 5-0 lead.
“We were able to break through and get some shots there in the second half,” Sloan said.
White Hall (4-3-1, 0-1 in 5A South) finally got on the board when Erik Morton made a good run to force the keeper out and then make a good play on the ball to put in the back of the net.
“He got a good break and went down all one for the shot and he was able to put the ball in the side of the goal,” Bolick said.
Morton’s goal came with 10:36 left in the game and it cut the deficit to 5-1.
De Queen, the defending state champion, has its keeper and defense from last year’s squad.
“The defense and the goalie work pretty well together,” Sloan said. “But we are still getting back in the swing of things.
“(White Hall) has some quality forwards and they made some good runs. We were lucky on a couple of shots. I thought overall we played pretty well.”
Junior defender Misael Hernandez scored with 2:08 left to give De Queen the 6-1 win.
White Hall will play at Hot Springs Lakeside on Tuesday.