The Payson Longhorns' boys varsity soccer team bounced back from a tough defeat last week, taking their show on the road and dominating Snowflake on their own field.
The Horns were coming off a tough loss against the defending state champion Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets and were determined to not let another game slip through their grasp.
"We didn't play too well in the first half, but the second half was another story," coach Byron Quinlan said.
At halftime the teams were tied 0-0. Quinlan attributed the close score to Payson's lack of intensity early in the game.
"We jumped right in on 'em in the second half," Quinlan said. Payson's first goal was scored by Karri Liikkanen early in the second half. The goal not only put the first score on the board, but worked to rejuvenate the spirits of the Longhorn team.
Branden Peters was the next to hit paydirt for Payson, bringing the score to 2-0. That's where the score remained until just before time ran out when Craig Connolly scored his first goal of the year, giving the Longhorns their 3-0 victory.
"Our biggest strength of the game would have to be our defense, which played real well shutting them out, and having Nick Sanders back in the net playing real well," Quinlan said.
As for the toughest aspect of this game, Quinlan said it was just another tough on-the-road game.
"Just playing Snowflake in Snowflake is tough," he said. "We beat them (in Payson) 3-1 but we knew it would be tougher on the road."