Originally Published: September 4, 2018 10:26 p.m.
Chino Valley girls improve to 6-1 on 2018 season, set to face Show Low Thursday
CHINO VALLEY — Through its first three 2A power-point matches, Chino Valley’s girls’ soccer team is unbeaten and looks like a dominating bunch ready for a shot at redemption.
In their third straight home match to open the 2018 season on Tuesday, the Cougars routed Snowflake, 9-0, three days after finishing as the runner-up at the Mesquite Cup tournament in Mesquite, Nevada.
Chino Valley went 3-1 at the tourney, losing only to defending 2A state champion Northland Prep, 3-1, in the title match Sept. 1. Last October, the Cougars placed second to Northland Prep of Flagstaff in the 2017 2A state tournament in Gilbert.
Chino Valley vs Snowflake Girls Soccer 09-04-18
“We’re a much tougher team than last year,” Cougars coach Allen Foster said. “We had a couple real gritty games [in Nevada]. Even though we were in the lead in those games, teams were physical and our girls responded well.”
The 2018 Cougars (3-0 record in power-point matches, 6-1 overall) have outscored the opposition a combined 32-2 in their three power-point matches, which help determine seeding into the state tournament later this fall. They cruised past 2017 state semifinalist Round Valley, 11-1, on Aug. 28 and blistered Holbrook, 12-1, on Aug. 30.
“This year, from the very beginning, we already knew that we were going to be a solid team,” Cougars junior midfielder Ashley McGuffey said. “And not just in certain aspects, but we finally brought together every aspect of our game.”
On Tuesday, Cougars freshman phenom Madison Foster tallied a hat trick of three goals to pace Chino Valley’s fast-paced attack.
“I wouldn’t be able to do this if it wasn’t for our midfield,” Madison said of her scoring ability. “They’re really good at feeding me.”
Said McGuffey about Madison, “What makes Maddie an excellent goal scorer is her ability to play so calm. She plays simple.”
Another Cougars freshman, Sabrina Lopez, tacked on two goals, while McGuffey, Jessie Krogh, Lauren Foster and Crystal Sanchez tallied a goal each. Coach Foster said Madison leads 2A in goals scored with 15.
Chino Valley led 4-0 at halftime and cruised to the shutout against a Lobos team that’s now 0-2.
“We were all around really good, and our connections were really good,” Madison said. “Altogether, offense and defense, we’re really fast.”
As for Snowflake, the Lobos succumbed to St. Johns, 1-0, in their season opener Aug. 28 at home. The Lobos didn’t qualify for state last season with a 6-6 mark.
“We didn’t want the ball [on Tuesday] and we needed to pressure more,” Snowflake wing Hannah Nichols said. “We came out scared, and we should’ve came out more confident, because they came out way more confident than us. We should’ve came out harder.”
Chino Valley visits Show Low (1-1 through Monday) at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6.
Snowflake plays host to Camp Verde (1-2) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8.
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