Mohave prevails: Lady T-birds, Krall hold off River Valley’s second-half charge 3-1
MOHAVE VALLEY — The Lady T-birds took advantage of the wind and the Lady Dust Devils did not.
Mohave High School scored three first-half goals with the wind at their backs to knock off the Dust Devils 3-1 during a girls soccer game at River Valley High School on Tuesday evening.
The Arizona Interscholastic Association 4A Grand Canyon Region T-birds’ season-opening win put their record at 1-1 overall, while the AIA 3A Northwest Region Dust Devils’ record dropped to 1-2 overall, 1-0 in region.
“We still have a long way to go, but the girls did a real nice job of possessing the ball,” T-birds head coach Kelly Burgess said. “We came in today saying that’s what was our objective, which was to work the ball and increase our speed of play.
“And the girls just did a great job of possessing the ball and keeping it out of the other team’s hands.
“The thing we’ve got to work on now is continuing to improve our speed of play and then create more shot opportunities. We need to get the ball in the goal more.”
T-birds midfielder Mikayla Barton scored off an assist from forward Elena Rodriguez off a corner kick, which put Mohave ahead 1-0 during the 21st minute.
When asked how it felt to score Mohave’s first goal of the season, Barton said, “It feels great.”
Barton said Rodriguez’s corner kick hit a River Valley player, bounced to her and she knocked in from about 3 yards from River Valley keeper Melissa Woodruff.
T-birds defender Carly Swope’s goal from 40 yards out made it 2-0 during the 25th minute.
Jazmine Gonzalez’s goal from 20 yards out made it 3-0 during the 36th minute.
Alyssa Hazlewood put River Valley on the board by booting a shot from 35 yards away, which made it 3-1 during the 46th minute.
“I wasn’t expecting it to come off my foot the way it did,” said Hazlewood in describing her goal.
“She can shoot from distance, which makes it a whole lot better when she has the wind at her back,” said Dust Devils head coach Ed Marquez. “It’s just unfortunate that with the wind at our back I think we had a couple of missed opportunities that we could have ... we would have been better off if we could’ve tied that game.
“She does exactly what we have her designed to do.”
T-birds keeper Megan Krall made a save off a shot from Hazlewood from about 45 yards out a few minutes later.
Krall got her fingertips on the ball, and it went off the crossbar.
“I will give it to her, that was an awesome shot,” said Hazlewood about Krall’s save on her second-goal attempt. “She’s got hops.”
“(Megan) did really good,” Barton said.