The Conway boys soccer team lost their first soccer match to Bryant since joining the 7A-Central Conference on Thursday.

The Hornets shocked the Wampus Cats by scoring a goal in the final four minutes, holding on for a 1-0 victory at John McConnell Stadium. 

"I will say that this was the best Bryant team that I’ve seen us play against. I give them that," Conway coach Robert Irons said. "We will bounce back from this, and we’ll make the adjustments that we need to make.

Conway (6-4, 4-1) ended up with four shots on goal but couldn’t put any of them through against the Hornets’ eight-man defense.

"Bryant plays soccer like one of those old Little Rock Catholic basketball teams, with the four corner offense with no shot clock, trying to spread everybody out," Irons said. "They had eight men back, and we had our shots early, but when we missed them the boys got frustrated. Bryant did what it had to do physically to get it done tonight."

The Cats have a week off before travelling to Harrison next Friday for a one-day tournament Saturday. Conway will resume with conference play starting on the following Tuesday.

"I didn’t get the guys ready to play mentally," Irons said. "I’ll take the blame because I knew that they were going to have eight of their 10 players back, and we should have been working on trying to find a way to get through their blockade and create space. When we got frustrated, we didn’t handle it too well and so we didn’t play good soccer. We also came out flat."

GIRLS

Conway kept its 7A-Central unbeaten streak alive after a 2-0 victory over Bryant.

"I can’t stress how amazing the girls are," Conway coach Whitney Allison said. "They play as one team and they all come together. It’s like we have one heartbeat. The girls are all friends and they have a special bond."

The Lady Cats (8-1-1, 5-0) got on the scoreboard after Ashley Johnson put one through on an assist from Leah Riner in the 31st minute. The two connected for another score in the 62nd minute as well.

"We were hearing that Bryant was the sleeper team of the conference, so we didn’t won’t them to sneak up on us like they didn’t the boys," Allison said. "That was my pregame speech to the girls — was to stay focused."

Conway ended the match with eight shots on goal to Bryant’s three. Conway’s Brittany Ashcraft finished with three saves.