Cougars cruise, capture Chino Cup crown
A day after outscoring the opposition a combined 19-0 in its first two games of the Chino Cup on Friday, Chino Valley’s boys’ soccer team continued to roll, capturing its longtime annual tournament’s title.
On Saturday at Chino Valley’s soccer field, the Cougars shut out Ash Fork in the semifinals, 7-0, during the afternoon before defeating rival Camp Verde, 2-1, in the championship match that evening.
Chino Valley (5-0 overall record, 1-0 power-point matches) blanked Ash Fork, 8-0, and Page, 11-0, on Friday.
The four-time defending small-schools state champion Cougars did not allow a goal in their first four matches.
In its first power-point contest of the 2017 season on Tuesday, Chino Valley blanked 2016 state semifinalist Snowflake, 5-0. Mathew Rios paced the Cougars offensively with two goals. Jairo Herrera, Arlin Pina and Ty Richmond scored a goal apiece. Ty Richmond, Herrera, Quinn Huston and Angel Sanchez tallied an assist each.
Chino Valley coach Todd Carey complimented his defense, including Jony Beltran and Kaleb Chacon, who “were very good in the back.” He added that Richmond and Jordan Sanchez “won the midfield.”
The Cougars will once again play host to rival Camp Verde at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at Chino Valley’s soccer field, only this time in a power-point match that counts toward 2A’s state rankings. Chino Valley is scheduled to receive its 2016 state championship rings that night.