The Lady Longhorn soccer team has lassoed and hog-tied Camp Verde, 5-2, to erase the sting of two gut-wrenching early season losses to the Cowboys.
Playing Oct. 4 at Rumsey Park, the two rivals wrapped up regulation play tied at 2-2.
In the first overtime, a determined and fired up group of Lady Horns put a quick end to CV’s aspirations of a three-peat with three consecutive goals by Natalie Moceri, Liz Harpe and Macy Dailey.
Entering OT, coach Amy Wilcox gathered the teens to dish out some carefully chosen words of advice she hoped would end CV’s winning streak.
“I said to play with heart and leave their heart on the field,” Wilcox said. “They did just what I asked.”
In regulation play, Chelsie Frewin and Dailey scored Payson’s goals.
As good as the offense was all afternoon, it was the play of goalie Alix Parker that drew plaudits from Wilcox.
“She had 13 saves and played an outstanding game,” the coach said.
The win was revenge of sorts for Payson’s 3-1 loss to the Cowboys on Sept. 1 and a 2-0 loss Sept. 29 in the Old Pueblo Invitational at Desert Christian High School in Tucson.
In the invitational, the Lady Horns finished 1-3 and now are ninth-ranked in all-important power points.
Wilcox says it’s too early to predict if the team will garner enough power points to earn a coveted invitation to the postseason state tournament, but “it would help if we won all our (remaining) games.”
Next up is an Oct. 11 game at Rumsey Park against Chino Valley and on Oct. 13, also at Rumsey, Payson hosts Snowflake.