By Greg Perkins
The Lady Lobos have posted a power point mark of 3-2-1 heading into this week’s soccer matches, ranking them second overall with just over three weeks remaining until the state playoffs. In their past four non-tournament matches, the Lobos split with wins over Holbrook (9-0) and Show Low (5-2). They fell to Round Valley (0-1) and Blue Ridge (0-2).
The Show Low win came last Friday. Darwin Rawlins, head coach of the Lady Lobos, refers to his squad as “a feisty team with a lot of heart.”
“This heart is helping them gain momentum in their season. They are a fun team to coach. They work hard and fight hard. Last night’s win over the Show Low Cougars was a hard fought win,” said the coach.
Scores by Kiana Natividad and Shelbi Rawlins earned them a tie at the end of regulation. “We had a lot of shots, but just couldn’t find the back of the net during regulation play,” said Coach Rawlins.
In overtime, the girls turned it up and scored three goals by Macie Rawlins, Shelbi Rawlins and Natividad, making the final 5-2.
Coach Rawlins was pleased with how well the midfield, defense and keeper played.
Playing in Tucson at the Old Pueblo Soccer Classic two days later, they defeated Payson 2-0 and fell by the same margin against Desert Christian on Friday. On Saturday they took down Camp Verde 2-1 then fought to a 1-1 tie with Show Low. Natividad scored both goals against Payson. Matti Scott and Macie Rawlins each found the net against Camp Verde, and Macie Rawlins posted the only goal in the tie with Show Low.
The Lady currently have an 8-3-1 record. On Friday, Oct. 5, they host Desert Christian in a power point contest. On Tuesday, Oct. 9, they will host St Johns.
By Greg Perkins