Thu, April 09

Camp Verde soccer teams fail to advance

The boys and girls soccer teams both suffered heartbreaking losses in the first round of playoffs at the Tempe Sports Complex last weekend.

The Camp Verde boys soccer team was unable to make it past the first round of playoffs this year, marking the first year in five that they haven't advanced. The team lost to Benson, 4-1. Benson is the No. 2 team from the south.

The Cowboys weren't outplayed. They like many other games this season, weren't able to finish the ball, not for a lack of trying.

"They played every second; they left everything on the field," said coach David Miller.

Consistently the Cowboys have been putting up impressive shots on goal numbers throughout the season, but the problem was that they just couldn't get the ball into the goal, many times scoring only once or twice out of more than 20 attempts, many times outscoring their opponents two or three to one.

Alfonso Pesquira scored the only goal for the Cowboys with just about 10 minutes gone in the second half.

"It was a great goal," said coach Miller. "He had the best game of the season."

After this season, coach Miller will be losing eight seniors.

"They have been an entertaining team. The effort that the senior players put in was a great example for the JV players," said coach Miller.

He is also confident with his younger players coming up.

"We have some solid players coming up, and they will mature over the next year," said Miller.

The girls soccer team experienced the same fate as the boys Š going home after a first round loss to Snowflake, 3-1.

"We just didn't come out with the same intensity as the other team did," said coach Mary Taylor.

Snowflake scored two goals early on in the game. The Cowboys looked like they were battling back with a goal scored by Kristy Williams assisted by Rochelle Williams in the first part of the second half to make it 2-1, but then Snowflake scored a little later to make the score 3-1 and take the game out of Camp Verde's reach.

"I am a little puzzled," said coach Taylor. "I think maybe because the last games in our region were pretty easy that the girls thought that this one would be too."

Kellie Miller played great as well as Rochelle Williams and Joy Chagolla, who played well for the team off of the bench. No. 3 Tiffany Romero received the only All-State honors the team was allowed during the playoffs.

After this season, the team will be losing nine seniors, but because of excellent training by the seniors to their younger replacements, coach Taylor sees a smooth transition and a lot of hope for next season.

An example is how Taylor as commended Kimmy Reddell for doing such a great job at training Nicole Betz for her position and has really turned Betz into a solid player.

For next year, the team will have eight returning sophomores, four of which have started games this season. Three juniors will be assuming the leadership role as seniors for the squad, all of which were starters this season as well.

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