Five different Camelback players scored a goal, but the Prescott boys’ soccer team couldn’t manage to find the back of the net in a 5-0 loss to kick off the 13th annual Alliance Tournament Thursday at Pioneer Park.
With the setback, 4A Prescott’s record stands even at 1-1 overall. The Badgers defeated Youngker of Buckeye, 8-2, in their 2017-18 season opener Tuesday at Bill Shepard Field.
Oscar Acedo, Jorge Soto-Garcia, Eduardo Pardo, Luis Ibarra and Dair Figueroa notched a goal apiece to pace Camelback’s attack in a Pool A match. Acedo was credited with an assist, too.
First-year Prescott coach Phil Reid said his offense struggled “getting in the final third” of the field to make the final pass for potential scores against a skillful 5A Spartans squad.
“We would do everything correctly, but turn over the ball with that final pass,” Reid added. “We were just lackadaisical getting that final pass.”
Defensively, the Badgers then failed to “counter” when those turnovers occurred. All five of the Spartans’ goals were scored on the counterattack. Prescott played better in the second half, Reid said, but Camelback dropped more players behind the ball, making it harder for the Badgers to penetrate the Spartans’ defense.
“We plan to learn from the mistakes tonight [Thursday], make those final passes like we did on Tuesday,” Reid said. “Make those final passes. Finish those chances. Be prepared for the counterattack. Be first to the ball. Those little things.”
Prescott will battle 5A Raymond Kellis at 5 p.m. today on Pioneer Park’s Field 1 to conclude pool play.
Camelback will take Friday off and return to Pioneer Park Field 1 to face Raymond Kellis at 8 a.m. Saturday.
The tournament semifinals, a consolation match, a third-place match and a championship match will be played Saturday afternoon at Pioneer Park’s fields.
Doug Cook is a sports reporter for The Daily Courier. Follow him on Twitter at @dougout_dc. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2039.
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