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After a devastating loss Dec. 8 to Bourgade Catholic High School, the Sedona Red Rock High School boys soccer team got its act together Monday, Dec. 13, and beat Canyon State Academy, 3-1.

Senior Ryan Lillie works his way around the defense in a home match Dec. 8. Lillie assisted senior Bryan Farias score the first goal Monday, Dec. 13, in a 3-1 victory at Canyon State Academy. With the win, Sedona improves to 3-2 [2-2 in the 1A-3A North] overall this season.“We win together and we lose together is the tone that was set after our last loss,” first-year Head Coach Cindy Hauserman said after the match Monday. “Our boys rallied together after that tough loss and decided this is a team, and it was so good to see.”

Junior goalkeeper Kyle DeTar gave up a freak goal with seconds to go in a 2-2 affair last week to Bourgade Catholic, causing him to be what Hauserman described as “mortified.”

Each of the team captains and some of the other players put the proverbial arm around DeTar telling him it was “OK, that we lose as a team and win as a team.”

The Scorpions used that attitude and DeTar had a stellar match Monday, recording two big saves in the 3-1 win over Canyon State.

“I’m proud of our guys. It was a tough loss but we moved on and won this match,” Hauserman said.

The Scorpions took eight shots Monday, three of which found the back of the net in the first half to put the match away early for Sedona.

Senior midfielder Bryan Farias scored in the 24th minute to give the Scorpions a 1-0 lead. Minutes later, senior midfielder Brandon Keeber scored in the 29th minute to make it a 2-0 affair, giving Sedona a heavy advantage.

Pitching in with assists on both goals was senior captain Ryan Lillie, who assisted on Farias’ goal, while senior James Lewis had the assist on Keeber’s score.

In the 33rd minute, junior fullback Alex Searle did it all himself, however, chipping it over the defense for Sedona’s third goal of the day and a 3-0 lead.

Canyon State managed to get one past the Scorpions’ defense and DeTar in the middle of the second half to make it 3-1, but by that time, Hauserman pulled many of her starters signaling this match was won.

With the victory, Sedona improves its record to 3-2 [2-2, 1A-3A North] overall this season. It is the first win out of 1A-3A North region play this year for the Scorpions.

“My greatest coaching accomplishment right now is the guys are figuring out this is a team; they are battling together and it’s a great thing to watch,” Hauserman said.

Sedona was in action again Tuesday, Dec. 14, when it played host to rival Mingus Union High School.

It is only the second time Sedona has played the Marauders in soccer in school history, having made the move to winter soccer three years ago. Results were unavailable at press time.

Next up, the Scorpions are scheduled to play in the Fountain Hills Invitational Tournament, which is set to begin Friday, Dec. 17, and runs through Saturday, Dec. 18.

It will be the last set of matches the Scorpions will play before winter break. Sedona is scheduled to play host to Northwest Christian High School on Thursday, Jan. 6.

Scheduled start time for the Scorpions’ first match after winter break is set for 6 p.m.


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