Originally Published: December 4, 2018 11:19 p.m.
PRESCOTT — The Prescott girls soccer team struggled out of the gates, but still found a way to score five goals and pick up their second victory of the season, 5-0 over visiting Saguaro on Tuesday night.
The first half did not start out the way the Badgers had hoped, as good play by the Sabercats kept them in the match. The Sabercats were able to move the ball well, looking to hit long runs down the middle and sideline and create scoring opportunities. In the first half, the Sabercats had five shots on goal, hitting the post and the crossbar one time a piece and threatening on quite a few occasions. However, it was the Badgers that were able to capitalize on their scoring opportunities.
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Sawyer Magnett was the driving force behind the Badgers overcoming their early slump, when she headed a ball in off a corner kick in the 22nd minute and followed that up with one more in the last minute of the first half. Building off the strong end to the first half, the Badgers came out on fire scoring three goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half to really put the game away.
“Thats a good team, and they were a state team last year and we knew that coming in,” Prescott head coach Paul Campuzano. “Yes, we were dragging it the beginning, but they worked their way out of it and we got some younger players in to sort of spark the older ones to get them a little more focused.”
Campuzano was also happy with the team’s defense as the game wore on, not conceding a goal and forcing many long range shots, he said, he doesn’t mind because his keeper can handle those.
For the Badgers, this was their second game of the season and they are coming off two state playoff semi-final losses in a row and have big hopes of getting back there and over that hump.
With big goals ahead of them, Campuzano and Magnett are happy with where the team is currently and how they have learned from each match.
“We are further than I thought we’d be at this point, but that could also be a bad thing if we peak too early,” Campuzano said. “I’m getting plenty of time for these young kids and new players who aren’t freshman, like the sophomore and juniors that made varsity this year and I think it will pay off down the road.”
Magnett also likes were her team is early on in the season. “I think we’re doing really well right now,” Magnett said. “I think we really got into flow tonight and we really figured out thing from the last game. Our passes were really connecting and we worked really well in the front half as well.”
The Badgers will head on the road for their next matchup Thursday, Dec. 6, at Poston Butte. The game will kickoff at 6 p.m.
Chris Whitcomb is a sports reporter for The Daily Courier. Follow him on Twitter at @AZChris32. Email him at email@example.com, or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2031.