Originally Published: December 14, 2017 11:20 p.m.
Sawyer Magnet’s goal in the 75th minute off an assist from Lilly Jensen put the Prescott girls’ soccer team on top in a 3-2, stunning rival Sunrise Mountain on the road Thursday night.
It is the fifth straight victory to start the season for Prescott (5-0, 1-0 Grand Canyon), which trailed 2-1 with just under 20 minutes to play. First-year head coach Paul Campuzano said he wasn’t worried, however.
“Not a single girl dropped her head going down 2-1,” Campuzano said.
Coming off three-straight shutouts, including an 18-0 rout over Cactus just 48 hours prior, Campuzano knew Thursday night’s contest would be a battle.
“They are really well coached, they have a couple of amazing athletes up front for them,” he said. “They had some other chances to score, they are really physical and tough. We’ve been lacking that sort of a test until now.”
Prescott passed that test with flying colors.
In the first half, Geneva Raber scored the first goal to put her club up 1-0, but Prescott surrendered a corner kick before halftime as the Mustangs tied it at 1-1.
In the 71st minute, Mikayla Sell tied the match at 2-2, setting up Magnet’s heroics to keep the Badgers perfect on the season.
Goalkeeper Olivia Fletcher recorded 11 saves between the posts for Prescott, which has outscored their opponents 40-5 so far this year.
The Badgers have locked horns with Sunrise Mountain (4-4, 0-0 West Valley) in the past, defeating the Mustangs 3-0 in a 4A state Elite 8 matchup a season ago.
Prescott takes some time off for Christmas, but is scheduled to return to the field Wednesday, Dec. 27, as they play Willow Canyon to open the Arizona Soccer Showcase in Surprise. Official start time is set for 3:30 p.m.
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