Light pole collapse brings end to soccer jamboree

A broken light pole left a Mena player and an official injured Saturday.

The Huntsville boys lost 7-0 Saturday to Dardanelle (3-4) at the Panther Jamboree in Clarksville. The event was canceled after a light pole was blown over by high winds. An official and a player from Mena were injured in the event.

Huntsville coach Kevin Shinn said in a text message, “I was on the opposite corner of the field when it came down and then helped one of the Clarksville staff members splint the young man’s leg and loaded him onto the ambulance.”

Shinn said the Huntsville players were not in the playing area when the pole came down. Clarksville has an artificial turf football/soccer field.

“The team was in the field house when it happened. We had played Dardanelle in our first game and were getting ready to play Alma,” Shinn said.

Shinn posted a picture of the collapsed pole on his Facebook page.

“So this is how our tournament ended today with one official suffering a significant leg wound with both lower bones in his leg broken and a player from Mena with other injuries,” he wrote. “Please keep them and their families in your prayers. [It] could have been much worse.”

The Dardanelle boys scored six goals in the first half versus Huntsville. Junior Walter Cruz scored twice for the Sand Lizards.

“Due to injuries and other issues, I only had 12 players with me and only two starters,” Shinn said in a text.

The Lady Eagles (1-8) lost 13-0 last Friday at Bentonville West (3-2) and 2-0 at Springdale Har-Ber last Thursday. The Lady Wildcats scored one goal in each half.

The boys team (0-7) fell 6-1 at Har-Ber.

The Wildcats (2-1) led 4-1 at the half, then tacked on two more in the second.

Junior Leonardo Orduna scored Huntsville’s only goal.

Huntsville will next take the field on Monday, March 25, with games in Harrison. The next night, Huntsville will host Gentry.

The 4A-West Conference season will start on March 29 with a trip to Clarksville.

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