Staff photo by Eric Lusk
ERNESTO Sierra (left) makes a play for the ball during Tuesday's conference game against Chino Valley.
On Friday, the Yellow Jackets exacted a measure of revenge during the opening day of the ’04 Cup.
Blue Ridge scored two quick goals midway through the first half, and that opened the flood gates en route to a 7-1 win. It was one of Camp Verde’s worst defeats in soccer in recent memory.
"We got shelled," said CVHS coach Dave Miller. "We dominated play for about the first 20 minutes, then they got a goal and PK (penalty kick). The young players weren’t able to recover from that.
"It was a good growth experience, though."
Alfonso Pesqueda scored the Cowboys’ lone goal. The junior is usually a defender but moved up to striker to fill part of a void in the lineup left by injuries and missing players.
Camp Verde also dropped a 1-0 decision to El Dorado (Las Vegas) during Friday’s opening round action.
The Cowboys thought they had scored the equalizer – Miller thought he saw a ball sail into the net and then out a hole on the side – but the officials ruled differently.
Camp Verde also lost to El Dorado 1-0 in the 2002 Chino Cup and is 1-3 against the 5A Nevada school since 2000.
"Right now we’re playing four starters down, and two other guys are nicked up," Miller said.
The Cowboys played Snowflake and host Chino during Saturday’s action. Results were not available at press time.
Camp Verde won the Chino Cup a year ago, scoring victories over Chino, Snowflake, Desert Christian and Blue Ridge. Friday’s results left the ’04 Cowboys 2-2-1.
Miller’s team is off until a Wednesday region showdown at Sedona Red Rock. Camp Verde beat Sedona 3-1 on its home turf a year ago.