Soccer Season Ends With Several Payson Players Named To All-Region

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The soccer season is over and all-region selections have been made for the girls and boys Payson Longhorn soccer teams.

Michelle Wing was named first-team all-region and was named to the all state tournament team.

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The Lady Longhorn soccer team wrapped up the season with an opening round state tournament loss to the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets.

Shanna Coleman was named to second-team, all-region and also named to the all-conference state team.

Wing and Coleman dominated midfield during the Oct. 27 game against Blue Ridge, the East region champions.

Danielle Dillon, Kirscha Wholly and Alexia Robles each received honorable mentions at the region. They spearheaded an aggressive defense from the midfield line.

Payson is part of the fall league. So, Wing and Coleman will play against other fall league all-stars at the state tournament in the spring of 2007, coach Joe Schmidt said.

Boys soccer wrap up

Payson Longhorns dominated the first half of the state tournament against the Sedona Red Rocks, leaving Sedona stunned by the underdog.

"Prior in the year, we lost to Sedona 6-0," coach Austin White said.

The first half ended scoreless, thanks to tough defense by Shane Tuer, Tanner Schall, Eric Lammers and Hunter Hardt.

Anthony saved the few shots taken by Sedona.

Sedona entered the game on their heels as Payson had surprised them with outstanding play by all players. Shane Tuer was given a free kick eight minutes into the second half from 40 yards out.

The Sedona goalie was screened by Payson junior, Aaron Loefller, as the ball hit the cross bar and deflected in the net.

"We got the first goal of what was a tight, tough game," White said.

Payson continued the barrage as Sedona was again shocked by the underdog.

Eric Lammers was given a free shot from approximately 40 yards away and the ball careened off the crossbar into the net.

The goal was not allowed, as the line judge determined the ball did not completely cross the goal line.

The game remained 1-0.

Sedona had a surge in offense as Anthony Pearce stopped all shots until a Sedona player walked through and scored the team's first goal.

Sedona continued the barrage as midfielder David Hernandez went down with a groin injury, leaving him sidelined the rest of the game.

The game continued to go back and forth without any team capitalizing on their chances.

As the Sedona forward continually pushed second-team goaltender, Anthony Pearce, he received a yellow card for un-sportsmanlike conduct.

Sedona scored a questioned goal with 10 to 15 minutes left in the game. Payson argued that Anthony saved the ball as it hit the post. Approximately 30 seconds after play continued, the linesman called it a goal.

"The goalie did an awesome job of guarding, defense was awesome. In fact, all the players did really good," White said. "Sedona barely pulled off the win."

The game ended 2-1.

Outstanding players of the Nov. 3 game were: Captain Shane Tuer, Captain Eric Lammers, Captain A.J. Hilgendorf, Chad Lammers, Anthony Pearce, David Hernandez and Luis Chavez.

A.J. Hilgendorf was named to the first-team all-region.

Anthony Pearce was named to second-team all-region.

Honorable mentions went to David Hernandez and Shane Tuer.

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