After watching her team struggle to a 0-3 start for the 2012 season, Lady Longhorn soccer coach Amy Wilcox promised the team would get better.
We now know, the coach is a woman of her word.
Competing Sept. 7 and 8 in the Show Low Invitational, the Lady Horns rebounded from the slow start to compile a 2-2 tournament mark and finish fifth overall.
Payson opened the Cougar Invite with an impressive 5-0 win over Holbrook, but then dropped a gut-wrenching 2-1 decision to St. Johns.
In Payson’s third game, the team lost to Snowflake 3-0 in a game that was shortened by more than 10 minutes because the lawn sprinklers on the field turned on automatically and couldn’t be shut off.
In the Lady Horns’ fourth and final tournament game, the team turned the tables on St. Johns, winning 2-0.
Wilcox said the difference between losing to St. Johns by a single goal and winning by two was, “We played a very good game.”
The coach does admit, however, the players’ mettle and wherewithal was tested after playing four games in less than two days, “We were exhausted.”
In the win over St. Johns, Liz Harpe and Emily Lafano-Masse scored the goals.
In the loss to St. Johns on opening day, Marissa Kelley scored Payson’s lone goal.
Kelley also tallied two goals against Holbrook, as did Macy Dailey. Nidia Vega had a single goal vs. the Roadrunners.
The Lady Horns have not played since returning from Show Low, but will be back in action tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 15, at Desert Christian in Tucson.
Earlier this season, DC railroaded the Lady Horns, 6-2.
Payson will travel to Tucson again on Sept. 28 and 29 to participate in the Old Pueblo Invitational at Desert Christian.