Payson stuns Cowboys with late goal

Camp Verde captain and mid-fielder Darren Franklin plays defense on a Chino Valley mid-fielder during the Chino Cup played last weekend. Franklin has been one of the key players for the Cowboys this season controlling the middle of the field and contributing to both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. VVN file photo by Greg Macafee

Camp Verde captain and mid-fielder Darren Franklin plays defense on a Chino Valley mid-fielder during the Chino Cup played last weekend. Franklin has been one of the key players for the Cowboys this season controlling the middle of the field and contributing to both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. VVN file photo by Greg Macafee

CAMP VERDE - The Camp Verde Boys Soccer team ended their experience in Chino Valley this weekend with a 5-0 loss to the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets.

On Wednesday they traveled to Payson to try and obtain their first win of their 2015 campaign. The Cowboys faced off with the Longhorns on their home turf in a preseason scrimmage. The Cowboys beat the Longhorns 3-0 in their preseason scrimmage that was one 40-minute half.

The Cowboys were able to keep the pressure on the Longhorns all night. All Payson needed though was one shot in the second period of overtime that would send them home with the victory.

With 3-minutes and 45-seconds left in the second period, Camp Verde Head Coach Dave Miller said the Longhorns ripped a shot from a long distance.

"[Maynard] had a whole bunch of saves throughout the night. He had a finger on it but it ended up in the back of the net," Miller said.

Outshooting the Longhorns 23-10, the Cowboys had the advantage all night but couldn't get the ball into the back of the net. With starting forward John Castillo out with a knee injury suffered in the Chino Cup, other Cowboys had to step up to the occasion. After starting at outside mid-fielder during the Chino Cup, Nathan Schultz was inserted into the lineup at the striker position, as well as Bo Bullard who was unable to play in the Chino Cup.

"Bo Bullard was able to play back from a family commitment. He filled in for John up top and we shifted things around a bit and put Bo and Nate up top for speed," Miller said. "We had plenty of opportunities, we just have to finish."

Miller praised the work done by his center-midfielder Darren Franklin. He was able to control the middle of the field for the Cowboys, contributing on offense when he needed and dropping back into defense as well. The Cowboy's defense was stellar all-night, only allowing ten shots, Miller said.

"The whole defense is just awesome," Miller said. "David Perez anchors it back there in the sweeper position, and he has Joseph Jones at the stopper. Outside defenders, Sam Maynard is like a rock out there he played the whole game we didn't bring him out once. We switched Luis Rivera out with Enrique Garcia and those guys helped out a lot."

With three or four goalies on the roster, with all of them still gaining experience, Preston Maynard got the start in between the pipes for the Cowboy and impressed his coach once again.

"He was just rock solid. He made a bunch of big saves and he just commanded the game," Miller said.

After a rough start to the season, the Cowboys have suffered multiple injuries. Miller believes their goal is still the same for the rest of the year. He says they will be fine during the time it takes for the injured players to recover.

"Our goal this year, is not to let the highs get too high and don't let the lows get too low. We want to make the playoffs and win the last four games of the season. We are a work in progress and we get better every game. We will start on it tomorrow and retool," Miller said.

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