Tue, May 21

100!<br><i> Cowboy soccer star reaches goal-scoring milestone in opener</i>

Staff photo by Eric Lusk

Chantel Reimer (left) playing here against Snowflake, recorded a hat trick Wednesday against Precision High-earning career goals in 98, 99 and 100 in the process.

Reimer actually collected scores 98, 99 and 100 on Wednesday – the final goal coming after a thrilling one-on-one duel with the Precision keeper.

"I knew she was going to do it," said her coach of the past four years, Loretta Grondin.

After scoring her first two goals against the Phoenix area school, Reimer actually asked to come out of the offensive rotation. But Grondin and assistant Mike Reamer encouraged her to go after 100 to put the milestone behind her and the team as it pursues region and state titles.

Grondin made one stipulation – her star player’s 100th goal had to be unique. Reimer decided she would shoot only if she found herself in a 1-v-1 showdown with the goalie.

"She went out and did it exactly the way she said she would," Grondin said.

The coach said she had her doubts about Reimer’s prediction when it was first uttered in the fall of 1999.

"Originally when she said that I was flabbergasted because that’s a hefty goal," Grondin said. "That first year there wasn’t even a state playoff, but she had like 27 goals. The next year, I knew she would do it.

"She is so focused this year."

Despite playing essentially a JV team on Wednesday, the Cowboys as a whole came out focused against Precision. CVHS controlled possession, spending much of the second half simply practicing their passing.

Goalie Tasha Williams played in the field after the early goals and scored twice. Michelle Toogood made a drive from the defensive backfield for another score. Stephanie Peters, a transfer from Louisiana, added her first net as a Cowboy.

"We could have had 25 goals no doubt about it," Grondin said. "But we pulled it back. We wanted to leave it at five but it was just impossible. That team was so incredibly weak."

Camp Verde plays another traditionally weak squad on Saturday when River Valley visits. The competition should be more fierce on Tuesday when the Cowboys visit Rim rival Show Low in a rematch of the 2000 state championship game.