Cowboys soccer wins season opener

The Cowboys came out on to the field with such energy and enthusiasm in their season opener. Before you knew it, they were up 2-0. They kept that same intensity throughout the game and outscored Verde Valley, 8-1.

Leading the charge for Camp Verde was Junior Will Allen, who finished the game with a hat trick, followed by Manuel Romero with two goals and Ernesto Sierra, Austin Beeler and Rudy Carrillo with one goal apiece.

Romero was all over the field, making plays and shooting the ball 11 times, sinking two of them into the net.

Austin Beeler also had an outstanding game. Probably the best game he has played so far, according to coach Dave Miller.

"Overall they executed what we have been working on in practice," said coach Miller. "We caught them off guard early before they were able to get set."

Verde Valley is the newest school in the region according to coach Miller.

The weather posed a problem for the team playing against the wind. Miller estimates gusts up to 40 mph.

"We were playing against the wind in the first half, so we played it safe and kept the ball low to the ground. In the second half we were able open the score up. The wind at our backs, it was like having a 12th player on the team."

The single goal scored by Verde Valley was in the second half when the score was 3-0. One of Verde Valley's players were able to screen the Cowboy's goalie, Augustin Romero and make the shot.

"The team is showing such great chemistry," says coach Miller. "They can't be together enough."

The team seems to be very excited about keeping their winning habits alive, carrying it over from last year's championship win.

"They are all very enthusiastic, coming off of last season. They wanted to make an impression from the start," says Miller.

The team still needs to work on some areas of play, but mostly gain experience playing in games. Last year's team was full of that game time experience that helped them have an edge over their competitors. That is the only main thing lacking in this year's team and by the way the team played against Verde Valley, it doesn't seem to be slowing them down much.

Grades and staying healthy are priorities for the team as they progress into the season, one no more important than the other.

If they are to be a powerhouse again this season, the team will have to remain eligible, healthy and work on any weaknesses they may have to make themselves the strongest they can be when facing stiff competition in the next couple of weeks.

Camp Verde travels for it's next couple of games, facing Northland Prep in Flagstaff on Wednesday, then Verde Valley again on their home field. The Cowboys are home again after that, facing Sedona on Sept. 13.

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