Amy Wilcox is off to a break-even start in her first year as the Lady Longhorn soccer coach.
On Aug. 31 in Lakeside, Payson was thumped 5-1 by the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets, but the PHS squad rebounded Sept. 7 at Rumsey Park to blast the Holbrook Roadrunners, 8-0, behind Macy Dailey’s three goals.
At halftime Payson led 5-0.
“Our team dominated the entire game,” said Wilcox. “We had 22 shots on goal, Holbrook had three.”
In addition to Dailey’s hat trick, PHS received two goals and an assist from Tanya Olson, another pair of goals from Natalie Moceri and one by Liz Romberger.
Following the game, Wilcox lauded her team for not playing down to the level of the hapless Roadrunners as often happens in prep sports.
“Our team did not do that,” she said. “We kept our level of play right where it should have been.
“When we got up a few goals, our focus was not to score, but passing and moving the ball.”
Wilcox used the lopsided game as “somewhat of a practice,” saying “we can focus on certain plays we will be using during the season.”
Fans, who thought the varsity team dominated Holbrook, were even more impressed when they watched as Randy Wilcox’s junior varsity took a 7-0 halftime lead and coasted to an 11-0 win.
Katelyn Cordell led offensively with three goals. Aubrey Pond, Chelsea Frewin and Janelle Hauptmann had two each.
Nidia Vegan and Marcy Ward contributed one score each.
In the loss to Blue Ridge, the two rivals played to a 1-1 tie in the first half, but the Yellow Jackets broke the game wide open in the second half, scoring three quick goals.
In the final going, BR tacked on an insurance score to nail down the win.
Romberger scored the Lady Horns’ lone goal on an assist from Olson.
“Tanya took the ball down the left sideline and served a great ball into the goal box,” Wilcox said. “Liz was crashing toward the goal and knocked it in.”
Wilcox said the team has been working on those types of plays since preseason practice, “and it was very exciting to see it work in a game.”
Even though the teams suffered an “L,” Wilcox praised them as a team that “stepped up and battled right back.”
“Our team walked away with their heads held high,” she added.