Conway’s girls soccer team is 42-1-1 over the last two seasons under coach Whitney Allison.
Going for the 43rd victory in the last 45 games will mark a special time Friday afternoon.
The Lady Cats will be trying to repeart as 7A champions. They again will face Bentonville. And it will be the last time for the team to play under Allison, the leading scorer in school history as a player who is stepping down after this season to go to law school.
The Lady Cats reached the title game with a 1-0 victory over Rogers Heritage on Friday evening.
“They stepped up and did what needed to be done and times like that bring tears to my eyes and remind me how lucky I am to coach such a remarkable bunch of individuals that come together to form a legendary team,” Allison said.
Senior Julia Pettit scored the only goal for the Lady Cats.
“We did a great job pressuring Heritage’s defense, causing them to play a frantic ball in the air into their own box and Julia was there to punish them by volleying the ball into the back of the net with such composure and force,” said Allison. “The game was an intense, physical battle from start to finish. The heart and work ethic was impeccable and inspiring and the teamwork and ‘never-let-down’ mentality was what got us the victory. The way my girls slid, threw their bodies, blocked shots, and busted their butts making runs and helping each other, you could tell losing wasn’t an option for them.”
Three other Faulkner County teams had their bids for state championship berths delayed a couple of days by rain as 7A baseball games at North Little Rock and 5A softball games at Wynne were postponed until Monday.
In 7A baseball, Conway had a semifinal contest with Rogers Heritage. In 5A softball, both Greenbrier and Vilonia had separate games in the semifinals Monday afternoon and evening at Wynne.
State championship games in all sports will be at facilities on the University of Arkansas campus at Fayetteville.