The Longhorn boys soccer team travels today, Sept. 14, to Show Low to participate in the Cougar Invitational Tournament. The fray wraps up with games tomorrow.
Coach Chris Avakian had not received a tournament bracket by press time, but said he expects the Horns to play two games today and two games tomorrow at either Show Low High School or the town park.
Payson travels to Cougar land fresh off a 7-3 walloping of Thunderbird Adventist Academy on Sept. 11 at Rumsey Park.
There, the Horns took a 5-2 halftime lead and then coasted to the win allowing Avakian to empty his bench.
“We played mostly jayvees in the second half,” he said.
Individually at Show Low, the team could have the services of Kaylan Hinton who has been sidelined by injuries, but is expected to return at Show Low.
Also, coach Chris Avakian can call upon veteran Logan Morris for defensive help.
Following a season-opening 3-0 loss to Chino Valley, Morris was the lone individual Avakian cited for standout play.
The Horns do have several other individuals who Avakian anticipates will step up to the lead team in the invitational.
His confidence is based on what the players did last season and in an Aug. 25 4-3 scrimmage win over Camp Verde.
They include Guillermo Lopez, Richard Nielson and Noe Vega.
At the conclusion of last season, Vega, Lopez and Morris were named to postseason all-star teams. Vega was chosen to the All Division IV first team and to the All-Section III first team.
Lopez was chosen to the All-Section III second team, as was Morris.