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Dover, Airedales earn late tie 5/6/22

Dover, Airedales earn late tie 

By Kevin Taylor 

Alma Schools 


Alma soccer coach Cory Sturdivant has spent the last five years tirelessly building a soccer program from the ground up. He spends most weekends fielding youth teams with promises of tomorrow.


Tuesday, despite being eliminated from the playoff picture, he and his boys team sought some revenge during a 1-1 tie with Greenwood. 


The Bulldogs (6-8-5, 5-5-3) had beaten the Airedales, 4-0, back on April 5. 


“They ended up taking it to us pretty good,” Sturdivant. “It was ugly today for a while, but for us to battle back was big. The way we tied it up completely changed the whole mindset of the game. If we would have had a little more time, I feel like we could have had a few more chances.”


Eric Dover’s goal with less than nine minutes left tied the match. Alma then battled the final minutes to preserve the tie and keep the Bulldogs from clinching a state playoff berth. 


“To tie them, that’s at least a step in the right direction,” Sturdivant said. “It was a great pass and a great play in front of their goal. We kept them on their heels, we just couldn’t find the back of the net.”


Alma (3-11-2, 1-10-2) will close out the regular season Friday at Mountain Home. 


The Lady Airedales (4-8-3, 2-9-2) dropped a 2-0 decision to Greenwood Tuesday. The Lady Airedales, who beat Mountain Home last month, conclude the regular season Friday against the Bombers. 




The Lady Airedales dropped a season-ending doubleheader to Mountain Home Tuesday, knocking the Lady Airedales out of the state-playoff hunt. 


By beating Alma, 8-2 and 2-1, the Lady Bombers clinched the No. 4 seed in the 5A-West. 


Makenzie Martin suffered losses in both games. She allowed a two-out, two-run homer to the Lady Bombers’ Georgia Burnham in the first inning of the nightcap before pitching shutout baseball the rest of the way.


Alma fell behind 6-0 in the first game before scoring twice in the sixth. Jada Wallis had a two-out, bloop single to score the team’s lone run in the second game. 


Taelynn Perry legged out a two-out double in the sixth inning of the nightcap but was stranded. 


The Bombers (12-13, 7-7) finished the season by winning five of six games. 


Ama (15-10, 7-7) lost four of its final five games.