The Lady Longhorn soccer team turned in a strong effort against powerful Show Low, but after tying up the tally 1-1 at halftime, lost 3-1.
First-year coach Amy Wilcox and her players knew prior to the game, which was played Sept. 14 at Rumsey Park, just how good the Cougars were, mostly because SL won their invitational tournament played days earlier.
“We were expecting a very competitive game,” said Wilcox.
In the second half with the score tied, “Show Low got a couple of breaks and put two more goals in,” Wilcox said.
Payson scored its goal late in the first half on a corner kick by Natalie Moceri.
“It was a scramble near the goal and Sara Anderson tapped the ball in,” said Wilcox. “At the end of the night, we realized we could have won that game.”
Break even in Show Low
Competing in the two-day Cougar Invitational, the Lady Horns compiled a 2-2 record, whipping Snowflake and River Valley, but losing to St. Johns and Kirtland Central of New Mexico.
Against Snowflake, Payson won 2-0 on two goals from Liz Romberger.
“Snowflake has always been a tough team to compete against, Wilcox said. “This was a great way to start the tournament.”
In the second tournament game, however, Payson fell 5-2 to St. Johns.
The Lady Horns’ two goals were scored in the second half by Romberger and Anderson.
“St. Johns lost the momentum and we stepped in and scored before the game was over,” said Wilcox.
Against River Valley, Payson rocked and rolled to a convincing 4-1 win on two goals each from Tanya Olson and Romberger.