The Lady Longhorn soccer team is doing more than its fair share to make the campaign an exciting one for Rim country fans.
With a 6-2 record, most every game this season has been decided by a single goal. Last week in the Blue Ridge Invitational championship showdown, the Lady Horns kept fans on the edge of their seats by playing into double overtime against Sedona.
After the OT's ended in a 5-5 deadknot, the two teams engaged in a rare shoot-out to decide the tourney champ. Sedona eventually won by a 2-0 count.
The electricity continued to flow in the Lady Horn camp Sept. 19 in Show Low where the PHS junior varsity squeaked past the Cougars and the Lady Horns went into overtime before losing 3-2.
In the varsity clash, the Lady Horns had a late lead, but couldn't hold on.
"We were up by one (goal) with four minutes to go and they scored," coach Linda Gibson said.
The Horns were playing without the services of a trio of starters who were sidelined by a variety of injuries. But, their absences didn't play a role in the loss.
"The rest of the team really wasn't affected by that," Gibson said. "They stuck together and played hard."
The coach cited varsity players Jennifer Plumb, Lori Wing and Megan Branstetter as the game's outstanding players. Payson goals were scored by Amy Wilcox and Wing (two).
In the jayvee's win, Katie Plumb, Krista LaHaye and Jessica Coleman (two) scored. Gibson also praised Ashley Geske for her contributions.
The Lady Horns return to all-important regional action tomorrow (Wednesday) in Whiteriver against the Alchesay Falcons. Game times are 4 p.m. (jayvee) and 6 p.m. (varsity).