The Maumelle Hornets cruised to a 5A-West conference championship with a perfect 15-0 record.
The Hornets, coached by Joseph Wright, have allowed just four goals this, with two of those coming in their last game, a 5-2 win against Clarksville.
Now the Hornets enter the Class 5A boys state tournament as the No. 1 seed and will face Hot Springs Lakeside at noon on Thursday. Lakeside is the No. 4 seed from 5A-South.
The match will be played at the Equity Bank pitch at the Harrison Parks and Recreation sports complex.
If Maumelle won, they would then face the winner of Batesville-Parkview at noon on Friday at Harrison High School, with the semifinals at noon on Saturday.
The state championship match will be the following Friday or Saturday at the University of Arkansas.
Both Maumelle and Sylvan Hills made the 5A girls state tournament at Harrison this week.
Maumelle, a team that played for the state title last season, will open up against Hope.
The Hornets are the No. 2 seed from the 5A-West, while Hope is the No. 3 seed from the South.
The match will be played at 2 p.m. on Thursday at FedEx.
Sylvan Hills, the No. 4 seed from the 5A-Central, will face No. 1 seed Valley View at 2 p.m. on Thursday as well.
If both won, they would face each other at 2 p.m. on Friday at FedEx in the quarterfinals. The semifinals would be 2 p.m. on Saturday with the finals on the following Friday or Saturday.
Jacksonville made the state tournament as the No. 6 seed from the 6A-East and will face No. 3 seed Benton at 4 p.m. on Thursday. The match will be played at Russellville High School.
Jacksonville also qualified for the state tournament and will face Greenwood at 2 p.m. on Thursday in a match at Arkansas Tech. Greenwood is the No. 3 seed from the West, while Jacksonville is the No. 6 seed from the east.
Central Arkansas Christian is the top seed from the 4A-2 for this week’s Class 4A State Girls Soccer Tournament at Batesville.
Carter Lambert’s team knocked off Joe T. Robinson on Monday in the district championship and will face Prairie Grove, fourth from the 4A-2, Thursday at 9 a.m. at Batesville’s East Main Sports Complex.
That winner will move on to Friday’s 2 p.m. quarterfinal against the winner of Episcopal Collegiate and St. Joseph at Lyon College. Semifinals are set for 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at Southside Batesville.
“If we get past the first and second round, we will probably face Dardanelle (top seed from the 4A-1) in the semifinals again,” Lambert said. “Unless something changes, the only way we will play Shiloh Christian is if we both make it to the final. I think we have played them in the first three rounds for the past six years, and they always made it difficult on us.”
CAC’s side the bracket includes Dardanelle, Arkadelphia, Riverview and Warren.
“Everyone has improved this year,” Lambert said. “I think teams from our region (2) are going to do very well in the tournament. It would be great to have two teams in the final again. Region 1 teams Dardanelle, Berryville and Shiloh Christian all look really strong. I don’t know as much about Region 3 and 4, but I think Stuttgart and Brookland are the top seeds, so it should be a very competitive tournament.
“I like our chances if we can stay healthy and focused, but there are no guarantees in a single-elimination tournament. Every team gets really motivated when they play us. We will need to match their intensity if we want to advance.”
CAC (15-0) is aiming for a third consecutive — and eighth overall — state title. The Lady Mustangs trail only Class 7A Bentonville in all-time championships. The Lady Tigers won their eighth last season. The Lady Mustangs were state champs in 2006, ‘07, ‘08, ‘12, ‘13, ‘16 and ‘17; state. runner-up in 2009 and ‘15 and semifinalists in 2010, ‘11 and ‘14.
In the 4A-2 tournament last week, the Lady Mustangs beat Baptist Prep in the semifinals, 7-0; and Robinson in the championship, 3-1.