The Camp Verde boys soccer team said goodbye to this season after reaching the first round of the State tournament on Friday. Despite the early departure from the tournament, it was a very successful season for the young team.
The Cowboys finished their season 7-11-2 after their loss to Snowflake, 5-0.
"They [Snowflake] was older, bigger and faster," said coach David Miller. "But everyone on our team was enthusiastic just to be there."
The young team will lose only five seniors and the chemistry and heart along with the skills attained this year will bode very well for next year's team.
The five seniors who will be departing from this year's team are starters Will Allen, Austin Beeler and Mike Bux. Auxiliary senior players who also made a positive contribution to the team are Alan Minner and Frank Woodford.
Coach Miller will definitely make sure that there will be opportunities during the off season and summer time for players go practice and get prepared for next season.
The Camp Verde girls soccer team enjoyed a successful season, grabbing second in the region for a second year in a row and ended their season 10-6-2 overall.
The Cowboys' season ended with a 2-1 nail-biter loss to St. Johns in the first round of the State tournament on Friday.
St. Johns scored early in the first half and the Cowboys tied it up before halftime, 1-1. Another half went by with neither team scoring. Danielle Anderson at the stopper position did an excellent job of keeping St. Johns' strongest player from scoring.
The game went into overtime and ended when St. Johns found the goal a couple of minutes into overtime.
Seniors Nicole Betz and Rochelle Williams both had strong games to end their careers at Camp Verde.
"This year's team had very good attitude and played with a lot of heart," said coach Mary Taylor. "We accomplished a lot of our team and individual goals."
Next year coach Taylor has the possibility of having nine seniors on the team. Her plan is to add more fundamentals into practice and get down to basics a bit while still keeping it fun.
"It was a great season," said coach Taylor. "We didn't have a huge amount of depth but we did have a lot of heart and determination."
Heart and determination mixed with experience should give the Cowboys a very good team to look forward to for next season.