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Preps: Rodriguez scores hat trick, Badgers earn 3-2 road win over Moon Valley

Prescott to open Arizona Soccer Showcase against La Joya on Dec. 27

Members of the Prescott boys’ soccer team line up for the national anthem prior their matchup with Moon Valley on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, in Phoenix. The Badgers edged the Rockets 3-2. (PHS Athletics/Courtesy)

Members of the Prescott boys’ soccer team line up for the national anthem prior their matchup with Moon Valley on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, in Phoenix. The Badgers edged the Rockets 3-2. (PHS Athletics/Courtesy)

Fernando Rodriguez scored three goals for his first hat trick of the season, Ian Becke had two assists and the Prescott boys’ soccer team earned a 3-2 road win over Moon Valley on Tuesday night.

It is the second win in the last three matches for Prescott (4-3, 0-0 Grand Canyon), which outshot the Rockets 23-7 for the win in Phoenix.

Rodriguez’ goal in the 60th minute gave the Badgers a commanding 3-1 lead. Prescott surrendered a late goal in the 78th minute, but it was too little, too late for a Rockets club that hasn’t won a match all season.

Badgers goalkeeper Tobias Buettner recorded five saves in the win.

UP NEXT

Prescott takes a break for Christmas and is scheduled to return to the field Tuesday, Dec. 27, at the Arizona Soccer Showcase in Phoenix. The Badgers open the three-day event with La Joya at 9:30 a.m. Prescott will face Higley at 1:30 p.m. in the first match of a doubleheader Wednesday, Dec. 28, and Copper Canyon at 3:30 p.m.

Moon Valley (0-8-1, 0-1 West Valley) is scheduled to return to the field at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, against Higley.

Brian M. Bergner Jr. is sports editor for The Daily Courier, the Prescott Valley Tribune and the Chino Valley Review. Follow him on Twitter at @SportsWriter52 or on Facebook at @SportsAboveTheFold. Email bbergner@prescottaz.com or call 928-445-3333, ext. 1106.