The Hope Bobcats split victories in two competitive match-ups in senior high boys soccer action this week.

The Hope Bobcats split victories in two competitive match-ups in senior high boys soccer action this week. The Cats came out victorious on the road Monday night to defeat Nashville Scrappers 2-1. Bobcats' Samuel Munoz and Chris Torres both sparked Hope with goals scored apiece. The Bobcats defensive unit held ground to only allow the Scrappers one lone goal the entire contest. 

With winning momentum on the road, the Bobcats their productive play back to Hope for their season conference home-opener Tuesday night hosting the De Queen Leopards on the Bank of the Ozarks Field at Hammons Stadium. 

The Bobcats and De Queen have a long history of big battles in past seasons. As one of the top soccer programs in the state with multiple state titles, De Queen would present a challenging opponent for the Cats to begin league play.

Their match-up anticipated a competitive battle and defense was showcased productively by both teams. After a scoreless first half 0-0, De Queen managed to score the game's lone goal down to the 7:02 mark in the second half. Hope's defense held ground strongly to keep De Queen without a goal for over 70 minutes of play that resulted in a heartbreaking loss for the Bobcats, 1-0. 

Thus far, the Bobcats are 2-2 overall and 0-1 in conference play. Next week, the Cats will continue more tough soccer action as they'll host Hot Springs Trojans and Class 6A El Dorado Wildcats for league play at home for varsity boys soccer competition at Hammons Stadium.