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The Sedona Red Rock High girls soccer team moved on to the state championship game by defeating Snowflake High 3-0 and Show Low High 4-0 on Friday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28.
By Nick Ruland
Larson Newspapers

The Sedona Red Rock High girls soccer team moved on to the state championship game by defeating Snowflake High 3-0 and Show Low High 4-0 on Friday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28.

According to Co-Head Coach Faun Robken, the team may be peaking at just the right time.

“It was the best overall soccer I have seen this year. It has just gotten better and better. They were pumped up, and they really wanted to come out and dominate the game,” Robken said.

Against Show Low, the girls scored within the first minute of the game when Sarah Roberts went top shelf. Roberts scored a second goal later in the contest to go along with two goals from Courtney Fitzpatrick — one from deep range, the other one on a perfect cross from Courtney Loschieder.

Every aspect was working for the girls, with stifling defense, stonewall goalkeeping, game controlling midfield play and an explosive forward attack all coming together.

“It was beautiful soccer through and through with one touch passes all over the field, and our center did a great job of balancing and switching the field. We had great communication, great crosses and our defense was really solid.

Garnello had a couple of great saves. She looks like an all-state goalie. It was just incredible soccer. They turned it on and flipped the switch,” Robken said.

With as much skill and cohesion as the girls displayed, Show Low High was left with one desperate option — try to disrupt the Scorpions by barreling into them.

Though Show Low had a hefty roster able to induce physical pain, it did not get SRRHS off its game.

“I was really proud of my girls keeping their heads in the game,” Robken said.

The Scorpions were able to maintain mental focus despite an array of erroneous calls and a bludgeoning barrage of big-boned enforcers.

The real test looms.

Sedona will play St. Johns High in the state championship game Saturday, Oct. 4.


Boys lose in second round

The Sedona Red Rock High boys soccer team lost to St. Gregory’s College Prep School 3-1 on Saturday, Oct. 27, in the second round of the state tournament.In getting eliminated, both of SRRHS’ two losses of the season came to SGCPH.T

The boys held a 1-0 halftime lead after Oscar Montesdeoca scored. The boys had numerous opportunities, however, but were unable to finish in the first half.

The second half was as sudden as it was surprising. As if a mountain-sized boulder was thrown on top of the confidence teeter-totter, SRRHS lost all momentum in a moment.SGCPH came out attacking in a diamond-shaped formation.

The Scorpions were unable to find St. Gregory’s open man, who delivered multiple shots on goal before finally connecting.As soon as SGCPH tied the contest, the Scorpions became flustered.

“It’s like we lost all heart in the game or something. Some off us fell apart, had a mental breakdown. We started panicking. Once we started to panic, we started to fall apart more and more,” defender Luke Dumyahn said.

After winning the first half decisively, the Scorpions lost their edge. The hunter became the hunted.St. Gregory’s scored twice more in a flurry of offensive fireworks. Sedona was unable to get to 50/50 balls and therefore was inoperative on its goal-scoring end. SRRHS could barely get possession, let alone maintain it long enough to get a scoring opportunity.

Though not a team to offer up excuses, the field lacked a  scoreboard.Desperation set in earlier because it was unknown how much time Sedona had for a comeback. The field was also hot for a team whose best games have come in cooler temperatures and night games.

With numerous games surrounding SRRHS, the contest may have seemed less important as opposed to being the only show in town.

No silver lining could help ease the pain afterward.“After the game, we didn’t know what to think — just really disappointed and sad that we only have memories know.

The season is over,” Dumyahn said.Most of the heartache came from the realization that it was a great opportunity unrealized for the Scorpions.

The seniors won’t have a chance at redemption.“That was really my last competitive game ever. But this was a great season.

We were really looking forward to a state championship.

The outcome was not what we expected,” goalie Max Weaver said.


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