Bentonville and Bryant were the best teams all season long in 7A and it showed Saturday at Razorback Field.
The Lady Hornets scored a pair of goals early in the second half to tie the game but McKenzie Dixon buried the game winner midway through the second half as Bentonville took the 7A state championship with a 3-2 win.
“We knew that this was going to be a tough match,” Bentonville coach Kris Henry said. “We just had to dig for it and try to pull every ounce of effort out of them we could.”
Morgan Freehling, a center defender for the Lady Tigers, was named the championship’s Most Valuable Player, but she said it wasn’t just her effort that got the job done.
“I couldn’t have done it without the rest of my team,” Freehling said. “We had some freshman step up and score and McKenzie did her thing and she put away the third goal that won the game for us so I was just happy to help out.”
Bryant had allowed just five goals all season entering Saturday’s championship match.