Cowboys corral title at Old Pueblo
Seth Padilla rediscovered his scoring touch, and Camp Verde High School's boys soccer team won the Old Pueblo Tournament in Tucson over the weekend.
Padilla scored four goals as the Cowboys dispatched of all four of its opponents, including host Desert Christian in the championship game. The senior's net 10 minutes into the title bout proved all Camp Verde would need to defeat the defending state runners-up on their home field.
"It was nice to see Seth Padilla start scoring," said Cowboy coach Dave Miller. "He's pressured all season, but he hasn't been able to get them in."
The score sheet looked impressive across the board for Camp Verde as they improved to 13-1 overall. The Cowboys opened the tournament with a 3-0 win over Holbrook on Friday afternoon and followed it with a 4-1 triumph over St. Paul's Academy that evening.
Miller's crew dropped Tucson St. Gregory 2-0 in Saturday morning action and prevailed over Desert Christian 2-0 in the afternoon finale.
Jesse Taylor booted two goals against Holbrook, and Seth Scott added one score. McCabe, Taylor and Padilla recorded first-half goals against St. Paul's, and Jason McDonald completed the scoring in the first minute after intermission.
Padilla had both of the Cowboys' goals against St. Gregory. McCabe had the other score against Desert Christian, putting the game essentially out of reach with 25 minutes to play.
Sweeper Josh Ortega and keeper Ben Miller spearheaded a stingy Camp Verde defense. Opponents never scored while Miller was in the net. St. Paul's slipped one by reserve goalie Sam Miller on a penalty kick late in Friday evening's game.
In 14 outings this fall, the Cowboys have enjoyed nine shutouts. They have outscored foes 51-8.
"When the tournament started, you could tell we had been off a week or so," coach Miller said. "But with each game, the guys regained their focus. It was a really good tournament, We played some of the best teams in the state."
Camp Verde, third in last year's Old Pueblo Tournament, took an 11-game winning streak into Tuesday's region game at Ash Fork (which finished after press time). The Cowboys play at home this Friday night, hosting Pinon. The next meeting with Sedona will be Oct. 16 in Red Rock country.