Frosh make immediate impact: Burgess, Camacho, Wright, impressive upperclassmen equal a powerful flock of 2018-19 T-birds
BULLHEAD CITY — The T-birds appeared strong with five of seven boys soccer players who earned individual postseason accolades returning from last season’s squad.
Three Mohave High School players from its 2017-18 squad earned 4A Arizona Interscholastic First-Team, All-Grand Canyon Region honors and two more garnered second-team, all-region recognition following last season.
Toss in freshmen forward Logan Burgess, defender Phillip Camacho and forward Justin Wright and the T-birds have the making of a potentially powerful team.
Burgess scored three goals and Camacho recorded one assist in their high-school debuts during Mohave’s 12-1 season opener against the Dust Devils at River Valley High School on Tuesday.
“Logan Burgess has a skill that rivals a lot of the kids who have come through the program, but he is so young to be that skilled, right now,” T-birds head coach Matt Camacho said. “It’s going to be fun to watch him for years.”
Burgess ran past, through and danced around — oftentimes beating three — defenders to put himself in position to score his hat trick.
“We have him in a position that is further up the field so he can showcase his (ball-handling) abilities, where we want him to showcase his abilities from that position, rather than from the midfield from the defensive end,” Coach Camacho said. “So, he’s going to be fun to watch.”
T-birds sophomore forward Josue Lizarraga, who led Mohave with 29 goals and earned first-team, all-region honors as a freshman phenom last season, appeared to be a midfielder during the early part of the season opener.
“He’s actually playing our center forward, but he’s getting into a position on defense where he can high press, which will cause a lot of problems for other teams to make bad passes and for us to go forward,” said Coach Camacho about Lizarraga’s role early in the game.
Wright assisted on senior foward Axel Sandoval’s goal, which was the first tally of the season for the T-birds.
“Wright found himself; he’s another freshman,” said the T-birds’ head coach about Wright. “Sandoval was involved quite a bit.”
Phillip Camacho, who’s primary position is defender, made some runs deep into the Mohave’s offensive zone early in the first half.
Phillip Camacho, Burgess and Wright “formed a pretty good bond on their club team” prior to high school, Coach Camacho said.
Senior forward Alvaro Soto, who recorded a hat trick against River Valley and earned second-team, all region honors last season, “is another phenomenal player who ... There is just a lot of weapons that we have this year,” Coach Camacho said.
The T-birds will face Coconino at 2 p.m. and they play Lake Havasu at 6:15 p.m. today before taking on Lee Williams at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday at Lake Havasu High School in the Mohave County Boys Soccer Tournament.