Hot Shots Players Know Meaning Of Sacrifice

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Payson Hot Shots girls soccer coach Grant Kepp is adamant about the sacrifices the players on his team are making.

"These girls not only practice soccer three times a week and play games on Saturday, they also hold down summer jobs and some play basketball," he said. "Their dedication is pretty impressive."

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Hot Shot team member Kelsea Palace battles a Flagstaff opponent for a loose ball during a American Youth Soccer Association Flagstaff-league game.

The players on the 19-and-under team that competes in the Northern Arizona American Youth Soccer Association (AYS0) league range from 12 to 18. The youngest, K.J. Kepp, is the coach's daughter.

Every Saturday since June 5, the Hot Shots have traveled to Fox Glenn Park in Flagstaff where they have compiled a 3-0-1 record.

The Hot Shots will play host to a Flagstaff team July 17 at Rumsey Park.

If the team continues its winning ways it will qualify for the post season tournament set to begin Aug. 7 in Flagstaff. The goal of the girls is to win the championship Aug. 14 at Fox Glenn.

Many of the girls that played on the team were members of the Lady Longhorn soccer squad that came within one goal in a shoot-out earning a 4A state tournament berth.

The Lady Horns lost the shoot out 4-3 to Page. That team was coached by Randy Wilcox who resigned at the conclusion of the season. A new coach has not yet been named.

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