Thu, May 23

Latimer golden again; Romine gets bronze<br><i>Playful Camp Verde improves to 15-0 with win</i>

Staff photo by Eric Lusk

Stephanie Peters (right) and Chantel Reimer have paced a high-scoring Camp Verde offense. The Cowboys have netted 20 goals in 4 games.

Her Cowboys played the gag gifts to the hilt and lined them up along the sideline as they readied for their opening game against Show Low. Keeping with the theme, Grondin and her assistant, Mike Reamer, quipped to the players that they all "had their ducks in a row."

Dead-pan comedy aside, the statement describes Camp Verde’s girls soccer team pretty well these days.

The Cowboys are playing their best soccer of the season right now, winning the Tucson tournament with authority and continuing the momentum Tuesday with a 5-0 win at Chino Valley.

Grondin’s playful crew has scored 20 goals over the last four games. The team enters today’s game at St. Gregory with a 15-0 record, 5-0 in the region.

"We’re rolling," Grondin said. "Don’t ask me what happened. After that Payson game (a hard-fought 2-1 win on Oct. 8) … they’ve really come alive. They’ve just made up their minds they’re going to play the best games they can play."

Leading the charge, as expected, has been senior Chantel Reimer. The all-state performer booted nine goals during the tournament and had four in the championship game against St. Johns. She netted three more Tuesday against Chino.

Reimer’s shutout in last year’s state title game – a 1-0 Camp Verde loss to St. Johns – seems like a distant memory these days.

"Channy had an awesome game," Grondin said of the tournament rematch with the Redskins. "The girls just said, ‘We’re not going to let this happen again. It was real satisfying."

Also satisfying was a 4-0 victory over Blue Ridge during the tourney semifinals. The two teams had played to a 0-0 tie during Camp Verde’s tournament in early September, with the Cowboys winning on penalty kicks. There was no doubt about the superior team in this one.

Kim Van Hook, Stephanie Peters and Angel Allen also scored during the tournament. Tasha Williams and Allen added goals against Chino.

Megan Reddell, Hannah Stanfield, Colleen McCabe, Tiffani Mathews, Alicia Wagner, Williams and Kim Reddell led the defensive charge.

"It’s been fun to watch them the last four games," Grondin said. "They’re on right now."

Camp Verde could clinch the region title with a win today and again Tuesday against visiting Sedona Red Rock. That guarantees a top seed in the November state playoffs. The Cowboys won the 2000 title and finished second a year ago.

"They’ve adopted ‘refuse to lose’ this year," Grondin said.

So far, so good.