Lady Horns Stumble Out Of Gate

Coach still optimistic team can improve and have a good season

Lady Longhorn Macy Dailey, #1, blocks and opponents' kick during the debut game of the Lady Longhorns at Rumsey Field.

Lady Longhorn Macy Dailey, #1, blocks and opponents' kick during the debut game of the Lady Longhorns at Rumsey Field. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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Despite a 0-3 start to the 2012 season, Lady Longhorn soccer coach Amy Wilcox is clinging to her optimism.

“We will get better, we’ll improve,” she said. “We’ve got some (players) injured that should be back and we’ll be working on (improving) defense.”

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“We’ve got some (players) injured that should be back and we’ll be working on (improving) defense.” Amy Wilcox Girls soccer coach

Jayme Chilson is among those injured having incurred a knee injury earlier this season.

“When she gets cleared, she’ll be back,” said Wilcox.

The Lady Horns opened the season Aug. 28 at Rumsey with a 6-2 loss to Desert Christian.

“We hung with them for 20 minutes and then it (the outcome) got away from us,” Wilcox said.

Nidia Vega and Marissa Kelly scored Payson’s goals. Vega has been a standout on the PHS team for the past two seasons and is one of the players Wilcox is counting on for offense and leadership.

After falling to Desert Christian, the Lady Horns traveled Sept. 1 to Camp Verde where they lost a 4-1 decision to the homestanding Cowboys.

On Sept. 4, the team was on the road again, this time traveling to Chino Valley where the Lady Cougars shut out PHS, 2-0.

Payson returns to play Sept. 15 in a rematch vs. Desert Christian High School, but this time around on the DC campus in Tucson.

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