Soccer: Benton boys win District 1, Division II title

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The Benton Tigers won the District 1, Division II boys soccer title with a 3-1 victory over North DeSoto on Thursday night at Tinsley Park.

The Tigers improved to 12-5-2 overall and 7-1 in district play. Benton finished a half-game of defending champion Loyola.

The Tigers and Flyers split games during the regular season. Loyola won 3-2 on Dec. 8. Benton avenged that loss with a 6-1 victory on Jan. 15.

Ethan Parks had one goal and one assist in the win over North DeSoto. Daniel Valcho and Will Sanguinetti scored one goal each. Dylan Grimes and Carter Parks had one assist each.

Benton plays West Ouachita Wednesday night at Tinsley Park and then has two more non-district games before the Division II playoffs start next month. The Tigers will likely host a first-round game.

Elsewhere Tuesday, Parkway downed St. Frederick 2-1 in a non-district game at Tinsley.

Austin Coco scored both goals for the Panthers (10-6-2, 5-5), and Kade Wilcher had an assist.

Airline defeated Haughton 9-0 in a District 1-I girls game.

Madi Walter had a hat trick for the Lady Vikings (8-9-1, 5-5-1). Haylie Travis scored two goals. Anna Grace Barkley, Savannah Howell and Mandy Sparkman scored one apiece. Barkley, Sparkman and Travis all had assists.

Airline also defeated Haughton 8-0 in the boys game.

Gin Pau scored four goals for the Vikings (12-8, 6-4), giving him 30 for the season. Kham Nang had two goals. Keaton Love also scored. Pau and Gabe Rodriguez had two assists each.

Benton defeated Bossier 5-0 in a non-district game. The Lady Tigers improved to 9-6.

The Parkway Lady Panthers have a big game Wednesday night at district leader Byrd. Parkway is 15-9-3 overall and 8-1 in district. Byrd is 16-1-3 and 11-0.

With a victory, Parkway will pull into a tie for first with the Lady Jackets in the loss column

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com