The Cowboys went into the game against the No.1 team in the region, Sedona, with high intensity. The Camp Verde boys soccer team came out victorious, defeating the Scorpions, 1-0.
A nail-biter until the end, the Cowboys showed up to play and that's what they did. Their defense was solid only allowing the Scorpions to have 10 shots, while the Cowboys hammered away at the goal with 37 shots, 18 of those on goal.
Manuel Romero made an excellent offensive effort again. As striker, he pressured the Scorpion offense every time he got the ball, and had a couple of really close shots that tested the Sedona goalie.
Brandon Emery also had an exceptional game at defensive stopper, keeping the ball far away from the goal and stopping a lot of Scorpion advances on the Cowboys' half of the field.
Thirteen minutes into the first half, No. 5 Victor Romero scored the only goal of the game. The Cowboy offense was trying to get it in, while surrounded by Scorpion defenders. The ball got deflected off of several players before V. Romero was able to go for the shot and make it into the back of the goal.
The Cowboys played at the top of their game, shutting down the Scorpions throughout. Camp Verde stayed focus as the sun was going down and never let up for one minute, knowing that would give their opponents the opportunity they were looking for. Instead the Scorpions faced a team that was dedicated, tough and relentless. It really looked like two championship teams going head to head.
According to coach David Miller, they had a specific strategy, which do doubt concentrated on defending against the Scorpion offense. Next Wednesday they face Chino Valley, the No. 2 team in the region. For that game, coach Miller said that he would have a different strategy for them as the Cougars' playing style is different from that of Sedona.
"(The team felt) excited to be playing the top team in the region. Excited to see how we are developing as a team," said coach Miller.
Miller said they are going to continue working on finishing the ball and that it is still an area of concern.
Augustine Romero, the Cowboys' goalie, had five saves as the Cowboy defense held the Scorpions to only 10 shots the entire game, and five of those were shots on goal.
Cowboys' player Will Allen was still out due to injuries sustained in an ATV accident, but coach Miller hopes he will be able to return to play either the next game they have against Phoenix Country Day on Saturday or by the game against Chino Valley on Oct. 19.
The game against Phoenix Country Day will be on the road. After that they face Chino Valley at home, followed by their final game of the regular season at home against Ash Fork.
State playoffs begin on Oct. 28 at the Tempe Sports complex.