Lady Longhorn girls soccer coach Amy Wilcox, a former three-sport star at Payson High School, knows well the rivalry that exists between her alma mater and the Snowflake Lobos.
The contention between the two schools made the Lady Horns’ 3-0 win over the Lobos on Sept. 21 in Snowflake a thrilling and memorable experience for the coach and players.
“Snowflake has always been a tough team to beat,” Wilcox said. “This was a very good game for us — we are getting better and it is exciting to see.”
As a testament to the rivalry between the two schools, Wilcox calls the game “very physical, especially the last 20 minutes. Snowflake became very irritated that we were beating them, so they started to be very aggressive, sometimes too aggressive.”
The win was the second the Lady Horns have recorded over the Lobos this season.
In the Show Low Invitational on Sept. 10 and 11, PHS downed Snowflake 2-0.
Wilcox believes the key to the second win was “from the beginning we came out ready to play and kept up the energy for the entire game.”
Payson scored its first goal at about the 20th minute of the game when Liz Romberger received a pass from Tanya Olson who used her left foot to kick the ball into the top right corner of the goal. “It was a beautiful goal,” said Wilcox.
On the play, Romberger was cutting through the defenders expertly placing herself in a location where she could score.
In about the 30th minute, the Lady Horns took a 2-0 lead on a goal by Olson from about 25 yards out.
Payson scored its third and final goal in the 47th minute on Romberger’s breakaway kick that snuck past the befuddled Snowflake goalie.
For the game, Romberger had 10 shots and two goals. Olson finished with three shots, one goal and one assist.
On the junior varsity level, Payson won 2-0.
“It was nice to come home with two wins against two very good teams,” said Wilcox.