10/17/2012 7:49:00 AM Chino Valley boys score seventh soccer shutout in 13-0 win over Grand Canyon
but suffer 1-0 loss to Payson
Review/Matt Santos Chino’s Jose Beltron kicks the ball, while Payson’s No. 7, Logan Morris, and Felix Cruz, No. 5, look to defend.
Chino Valley’s No.9 Geo Vedolla kicks.
Geri Kinsley Special to Review
Thursday the Chino Valley High boys' soccer team defeated Grand Canyon High 13-0. This win gave the Cougars a 9-0 record in their division. This season the Cougars have scored 52 goals to their opponents' 2.
"Thursday's win was sparked by Jonathan Alverez's four goals, followed by three goals by Geovani Vedoll, three goals by Jose Beltron, two goals by Oscar Montes and one goal by Antonio Soto," said head coach Jim Clark. "This was the seventh shutout in nine games for the Cougars."
Saturday, Payson came to Cougar Country with two games left in regular division play.
The Cougars lost that hard-fought game 1-0. The game was back and forth, but Chino Valley was unable to take advantage of its opportunities to finish with a win.
"No other team has scored on us," said Clark. "When Payson scored first, the boys got a little panicky. We took ourselves out of the game trying to do everything all at once, instead of relying on our strong passing game and playing the style that has won so many games for us this year. I think we will learn lessons from our mistakes and come out stronger for state."
Daniel Figueroa sprained his ankle in Saturday's game. The Cougar sweeper was expected to be out for Tuesday's game in Phoenix at Phoenix Country Day and possibly will be out for Camp Verde Thursday on their home field. That game begins at 3 p.m.
The State High School Soccer Tournament starts Friday, Oct. 26, in Gilbert at Campo Verde High School.