By Greg Perkins
The Roadrunners wrapped up the week by earning their first victory of the soccer season on day two of the Show Low Tournament held last weekend with a well played win over Grand Canyon. They dropped their other three matches, losing to St. Johns, Payson and a talented Faith Lutheran team from Las Vegas.
The Holbrook squad began the week Sept. 11, suffering a 4-3 loss to St. Johns. Chris Young scored his first career goal for the Roadrunners in the first half. Jordan Smith and Theron Johns added second half goals, with Johns’ coming on a penalty kick. The Birds had scoring opportunities, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Carlos Quintana gave the team some strong play at midfield in the second half, with James Saxton finishing the match as the keeper.
“The youth of our team reflected in this game. We just couldn’t figure out how to finish with scoring opportunities,” said Coach Dave Wright.
Holbrook opened tournament play two days later against that same Redskin team, losing this time 6-3. The Roadrunners gave up a goal in the first two minutes and couldn’t recover.
“Once the team started to play more to their potential, the game was already decided,” added Coach Wright. Johns scored twice for Holbrook and Jordan Smith had the other goal.
The day’s second game was a match-up with the eventual tournament winner, Faith Lutheran.
“They put on a ball control exhibition. We fought hard, but ended up overmatched in a 10-0 loss. Carlos and James Saxton were tested often and made several nice saves, but the pressure was too much,” stated the coach.
The next morning Holbrook faced Payson and played much better, leading 2-1 at the half. Saxton scored on a nice move and Alec Smith scored the other goal. Holbrook didn’t fare as well in the second half, giving up two goals to the Longhorns to take the 3-2 loss.
“Again, finishing was an issue for the team. Micah McClellan was solid for us as center defender,” added Coach Wright.
Holbrook won the final game of the tournament on Saturday afternoon, beating Grand Canyon 8-1. Defenders McClellan and Trevor Barton teamed up to shut down Grand Canyon’s best offensive weapon for most of the match. First half goals for Holbrook came from Alec Smith with a hat trick and Johns with one. In the second half Johns added another and Smith scored twice more. Jon Marvin also scored his first career goal. Angel Benitez and Jonathan Dawson, along with Brandon Kester, were all credited by the coach for playing a strong match.
By Greg Perkins