Coach Amy Wilcox and her Lady Longhorn soccer team travel to Tucson today, Friday, hoping to repeat some of the magic the players waved Sept. 15 in a stunning 2-1 upset of previously undefeated and top-ranked Desert Christian.
In Tucson, the Lady Horns will be playing four games in the Old Pueblo Invitational Tournament being hosted by Desert Christian.
If Payson meets the host in the tournament, it will be the third time this season the two teams have clashed,
On Aug. 28 at Rumsey Park, the Eagles blindsided Payson 6-2.
The Lady Horns rebounded for revenge just weeks later in Tucson, which means if the two should meet again this weekend, it will be a rubber match.
After tipping off today, the invitational continues tomorrow.
The Lady Horns (3-5) will be out to improve on their efforts in a 5-1 loss to Show Low Sept. 22 at Rumsey Park.
In the defeat, the Lady Cougars took a 1-0 lead in the first half and then went on a 4-goal scoring binge in the second half to win going away. Payson scored its only goal late in the game.
The Payson defense, which Wilcox has been working to perfect, couldn’t contain Jessica Ruddy, Show Low’s scoring ace.
She finished with three goals on nine shots and had two steals.
On Sept. 25, the Lady Horns rebounded from the loss to defeat the homestanding Holbrook Roadrunners 8-1.
While the game was scoreless the first 20 minutes, the Lady Horns turned up the heat in the later going, scoring at will.
For Payson to succeed in Tucson, Macy Dailey, Michelle Schatz, Alix Parker and Savannah Grassel must be at the top of their game.
All played pivotal roles in the earlier win over DC.
Payson returns to the friendly confines of Rumsey Park on Oct. 4 vs. Camp Verde. Game time is 4 p.m.