9/5/2012 8:21:00 AM Cougars get valuable experience in Soccer Cup event
Goalkeeper Spencer Coffin kicks the ball out of the Chino Valley backfield during the Chino Valley Soccer Cup Friday.
Kiki Cornelio passes the ball away from Chino Valley’s Jose Beltran while Beltran helped out Grand Canyon during the opening game of the Chino Valley Soccer Cup Friday. Grand Canyon was unable to field a full team because of player ineligibility.
Geri Kinsley Special to Review
Desert Christian High School Friday kicked off the Chino Cup soccer event by beating Camp Verde 7-2. Blue Ridge bested Chino Valley 2-1 and ended the day overcoming Camp Verde 2-1.
Chino Valley and Desert Christian won games over Grand Canyon. These two games were played as scrimmages as Grand Canyon was unable to field a full team because of player ineligibility.
The Cougars played defending state champs evenly with Blue Ridge scoring first. Chino came back to tie the game with a header by Jonathan Alverez. Blue Ridge scored one more goal with Chino Valley unable to capitalize on two one-on-one situations with Desert Christian's keeper.
"I was pleased with my team's aggressiveness and hard play," said Chino head coach Jim Clark. "I feel that the errors that we made can be fixed. Our keeper Spencer Coffin had a good first outing."
On the second day of play, Desert Christian defeated Chino Valley 3-2.
Chino scored first on a shot from the right side by Jose Beltran. Desert Christian came back with two goals. The Cougars tied with a penalty kick by Antonio Soto hitting the upper V. Desert Christian was awarded a PK late in the game after being fouled in the box. This was converted into the third and winning goal.
"Chino had excellent play by Daniel Fiqueroa and midfielders Antonio Soto and KiKi Cornelio," said Clark.
The next game of the day, Chino Valley beat Camp Verde, 5-0. Geo Vedolla exploded for three goals and one assist. Jonathon Alverez had a beautiful volley goal on a cross by Vedolla. Chino had inspired play by Carlos Martinez and Jose Beltran who scored the final goal for the Cougars' strong victory over rival Camp Verde.
The final game was a balanced competition between Blue Ridge and Desert Christian. Blue Ridge captured the Chino Cup Title with a 1-0 victory.
"Chino demonstrated that they can compete with the best and gained needed experience to start conference play," said Clark.
Conference starts for the Cougars Thursday against Phoenix Country Day on their home field. Varsity kicks off at 4 p.m.
Posted: Friday, September 7, 2012
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