The Cowboys came to town last week, but they were no match for the Lady Cougars soccer team as Chino Valley High School (CVHS) rolled over rival Camp Verde 4-0 this past Wednesday at Clark-Larsen Field.
"It was awesome!" exclaimed Katie Earle after the game. "The team worked really hard and everyone worked together." Recovering from a knee injury from the Desert Christian tournament just days before, Earle didn't miss a beat on the field.
"My knee is pretty battered and I tape it up every game, but it's getting better," said Earle, who then shifted gears to the future as the Cougars looked poised to secure a post-season berth for the end of the month finals. "I think we're going to do great. We're second in the Region (behind Desert Christian, Tucson) and we are all looking forward to State."
After a slow start, the Cougars caught fire as Karrisa Stueven hit the net twice in the first half with Earle following up with two goals of her own in the second. The team recorded a total five shots on goal, and an aggressive 15 shots at goal.
After spending much of the season on the road, Stueven enjoyed the home field advantage, especially going up against the Cowboys.
"Every year it's a good rivalry with them and it feels good to play at home," Stueven said. "We have one of the nicest fields in our region and we get a little homesick. So far we've played really good against some of the top teams in the state, so I think we'll be good in post season."
Coach Bob Earle is happy with his team's performance and, like daughter Katie, looks to the State Tournament with optimism.
"They have great team spirit," Coach Earle said. "We just came from the Desert Christian tournament this past weekend where we played three games. We took second in that tournament, and are 5-2 in Region play and second in the Region. I expect to go into State in second place and if we can hold together mentally we'll have an excellent post season."
The Cougars head back on the road today for a match up at Verde Valley then return home to host Monument Valley at 1 p.m. this Saturday.