By Greg Perkins
The Holbrook boys’ soccer team played a solid first half Tuesday night at Roadrunner Stadium, battling to a 1-1 tie with visiting Northland Prep. Unfortunately, the Roadrunners were unable to maintain that level of play in the second half, falling to the Spartans 5-2.
Andy Leon tied the score at the midpoint of the first half to match the Spartans. According to Coach Dave Wright, “Andy hustled throughout the match and the team was playing more to their potential in the first half.”
Freshman Trevor Barton worked hard at defender all night long. Also newcomer Sebastian Anderson helped give the team a spark at both the midfielder and striker positions.
Carlos Quintana again played well in goal, turning away 12 Spartan shot attempts. Nate Turley was also rec-ognized by the coach for his play at center defender.
In the second half Holbrook’s level of play dropped from that of the first 40 minutes, and the Birds gave up four goals to Northland Prep while adding just one to their total, which came from the foot of Miguel Martinez.
Those getting shots on goal during the match were Brandon Kester, Levi McClellan and Shawn Gillespie, each with one attempt; Joe Herrera and Leon, two shots each; and Sebastian Anderson, who worked his way free for three attempts. Herrera was also credited with one assist in the loss.
The Roadrunners’ first match in the Show Low Tournament is slated at 10 o’clock this morning (Sept. 14) with Payson. At 4 o’clock this afternoon, they will match up with Faith
Lutheran. Saturday’s matches will depend on the outcome of today’s contests.
By Greg Perkins