he Conway boys soccer team, state 7A finalist last season, is off to a 3-0 start in 7A-Central play.

After a 3-2 victory over defending state champion Little Rock Catholic, the Cats (5-3) downed Cabot 3-1 and North Little Rock 4-2.

Saturday, the Wampus Cats lost 3-2 to nationally ranked Hoover High School of Alabama.

"Our ability to go head-to-head with Hoover in a match that could of been won by either team down to the last minute is a statement of this team’s potential," CHS coach Robert Irons said. "We continue to tweak the starting lineup to find the right combination."

"It is always to the benefit of the program to see where we are as a team," assistant coach Bryan Sherman said. "It is also a benefit to the boys to match them up against the toughest competition that can be found. I believe that each game the boys learn a little something about what it is going to take to reach the goal of a state championship.They put Hoover on their heels most of the second half and let up an unfortunate late goal."

Seniors Wes Cummins, Luis Beltran, John Allison and Adam Young, along with freshman Logan Hampton and sophomore Keanu Fredric, are leading the Cats in scoring. Garret Todd, Matt William, Reese Shaffer, Victor

Rameriz and keeper Cody Brooks are lending support.  

The Cats and Lady Cats will host Little Rock Central on Tuesday and Bryant on Thursday.

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The Lady Cats (6-1, 3-0) defeated North Little Rock 3-0.

In the eighth minute of the first half, Hope Washispack laid off a ball to Julia Pettit, who hit a shot over the keeper’s head from 30 yards for the first goal of the game. Ashley Johnson scored the second goal with  a diving header on a cross by Pettit. In the second half, Caitlyn Carroll bent a corner kick for the third goal of the match.

Conway finished with 9 shots on goal. North Little Rock had two shots on goal. Conway keeper Brittanie Ashcraft had two saves on the night.

"I’m really proud of the way the girls are playing," Lady Cats coach Whitney Allison sais. "I am wanting them to play a very fast-paced game with high pressure, and they are doing a good job of that. Not only are they doing that well but they have not sacrificed their composure or possession game to be able to play quickly. They are passing to feet and moving the ball extremely well without sacrificing other aspects of their game."