Soccer is easier to play in the rain than most outside sports, but Arab teams still had trouble fitting in matches between the ice and storms of the last two weeks.

On Thursday, the varsity girls edged St. Bernard 3-2 while the varsity boys defeated J.B. Pennington 4-0.

Reece Hallmark, Jillian Grisham and Abby Urquhart scored goals for the Lady Knights.

Aidan Tucker had two goals, and Gavin Currier and Hunter Leak had one each for the boys.

“The takeaway for me is the fact we were able to put some younger players on the pitch,” said boys varsity coach Robert Posey. “We had four players play with the varsity for the first time, including a seventh grader and an eight grader in Jon Loden and Brady Brooks.

“Sophmore Hayden Reynoso also got his first experience playing with varsity. I truly felt like we were able to invest in these seniors with a win but also in the future of the program by getting so many young guys quality playing time.”

Caleb Culbert, Austin Smith, Jonathon England and Diego Martel all had one assist each against Pennington. Samson Sanders had seven saves while freshman goalkeeper Coy Mier made three saves in his first varsity match.

On Monday, the varsity girls lost on a muddy field at Buckhorn, 11-1. Hallmark scored Arab’s goal off an assist from Abby Urquhart.

“It was very muddy with some standing water in places. There would be times the ball would just stop,” said Arab varsity girls coach Chris Urquhart. “I had spoken with the girls coach on and off last week and the weekend and we had both agreed to play if at all possible.”

The JV girls actually had more success getting some matches recently. They fell 5-1 to Gadsden City last Wednesday then played in the Cullman JV Tournament over the weekend, losing 3-1 to Cullman on Friday before falling to Thompson on Saturday, 10-0.

They did have a big bounce-back win against Elkmont (9-0) in their second match Saturday. Kayden Gronczniak had three goals, Ava Wooten and Maria Prosser had two each and Emma Grace Babb and Peyton Stockton one apiece.

Then on Monday, they whipped Buckhorn 10-0 behind six goals by Gronczniak.

The JV boys’ match against Brewer scheduled for Monday was postponed, as were the JV and varsity boys matches at Buckhorn scheduled for Tuesday.

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