It took a Herculean effort from the Lady Longhorn soccer team to edge past longtime rival Snowflake 3-2.
"Our girls played one of the best games of season," first-year coach Randy Wilcox said following the win Sept. 18 in Snowflake
The coach said the victory was a milestone for at least two reasons.
"It was an important (region) match and anytime you beat Snowflake in any sport, it's a big thing," he said.
Wilcox lauded the Lady Horn defense led by Trista Carlton and Laura Wilcox as essential to the victory. Fullbacks Hailee Byler and Lori Shepherd also contributed to the defensive effort, he said.
Offensive honors were garnered by Amy Wilcox, the coach's daughter, who must battle asthma each time she takes the field.
"Amy finally broke out of her scoring slump with two goals," coach Wilcox said.
The first goal was described by the coach as an unassisted bullet from the 18-yard line that sailed over the goalie's outstretched hands.
"The second was scored from about 20 yards and rifled past the diving goalie," coach Wilcox said.
Megan Branstetter set up the goal with about a 30-yard cross-field assist.
The senior forward "played one of the most energetic games of the young season," Wilcox said.
The Lady Horn's third goal was scored by sophomore Kelsea Palace.
"It came on an unassisted dribble up the middle," the coach said. "The shot sailed past the goal keeper into the corner of the net."
Only minutes prior to the stirring victory over the Lobos, Wilcox provided the team with a bit of incentive.
"I told the girls that if they didn't play with more intensity, I wasn't going to bring the soccer balls to practice on Thursday," he said. That meant the girls would spend the entire session running and conditioning.
The Lady Horns return to crucial regional action at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday) on the Rumsey south field against the Show Low Cougars.
Because the outcome of the game is crucial to the Lady Longhorns' state playoff hopes, Wilcox is hoping for a good showing of fan support.