The Lady Longhorns were able to contain the scoring antics of Pinnacle star Kristin Donati, but couldn't slow her teammates in a 5-1 loss to the state fourth-ranked Pioneers.
In the non-region clash, played in cold, windy conditions Dec. 14 at Rumsey Park, Lady Longhorn defenders put the clamps on Donati -- who Payson High School coach Joe Schmidt called "the top forward in the state" -- but couldn't muster the offense to stay with the potent Pioneer attack.
Pinnacle had 21 shots on goal while Payson took nine. The Lady Horns single goal was scored on a kick by Michelle Wing off an assist from her sister, Lori.
According to Schmidt, the Payson offense was "able to move the ball against them much better than we were able to do in earlier losses this season," but the girls couldn't score once they were in the red zone.
Schmidt praised the Lady Horns' strong effort against Pinnacle, especially since some Pioneer team members play soccer year-round on club teams and are being recruited by colleges and universities
In the clash, Pinnacle played the second half without their goalie who suffered a concussion in a loose-ball collision.
The Lady Horns return to action Dec. 20 to 23 in the Moon Valley Tournament in Phoenix. Game times and opponents will be announced this weekend.