Eagles dominate T-birds: Mohave comes out slow, falls to Flagstaff 4-2
BULLHEAD CITY — The T-birds entered the Arizona Interscholastic Association 4A Grand Canyon Region game with an opportunity to make some noise.
Instead, the T-birds came out flat, gave up the game-winning goal 15 seconds into the game and lost 4-2 to the Flagstaff High School Eagles at Mohave High School on Tuesday night.
Before the T-bird fans could get settled in their seats, Marco Avitia scored his first of two goals off an assist from Trent Campbell to make it 1-0 Eagles.
“Flagstaff came out fast, they scored first — in like 30 seconds — and it caught on our heels right off the get-go,” T-birds head coach Matt Camacho said. “Then we had a couple of miscues on our defensive side.
“Then we had to change our defensive line, which got new kids into looks and then working out kinks
“And then by the time we were working kinks out, we were down 3-0.”
Alex Greider’s goal off an assist from Emmanuel Deniz made it 2-0 at minute 13, and Avitia’s goal off an assist from Memo Soto made it 3-0 during the 25th minute.
“The second half was definitely a better performance on our end,” Camacho said. “We came back in and put two in, but still Flagstaff was fast, they were a lot more physical than we were.
“They were winning the 50-50 balls.”
Avitia’s goal off an assist from Greider made it 4-0 during the 47th minute.
Logan Burgess launched a corner kick to the right of Eagles keeper Mark Cardenas. The ball cross the goal mouth to the right of Cardenas where Eddy Romero headed it into the high side of the left corner of the net, which made it 4-1 durng the 50th minute.
Burgess scored off an assist from Phil Camacho from point-blank range with two seconds remaining in the game, which completed the scoring.
“They did a really good job of collapsiing and it put a lot of pressure on us,” Camacho said, “and it forced us (to make) errors where kids just panicked and kicked it out of bounds or just kicking the ball off their foot so they wouldn’t get the ball taken away from them.
“I felt the boys too much pressure on their shoulders and it was a must-win game for us to be in a solid spot for the state tournament.”
The loss dropped the No. 24-ranked T-birds’ record to 3-3-2 overall, 1-3-1 in conference and 1-1-1 in region, according to the aiaonline.org’s power-point ranking system. The victory improved the No. 6-ranked Eagles’ record to 8-1 overall, 8-1 in conference and 3-1 in region.