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2:16 PM Thu, Jan. 17th

Girls' soccer team loses to Peoria

The Kingman High School girls' soccer team lost to Peoria, 8-2, Friday night at Lee Williams Field.

The Bulldogs got off to a slow start, and just five minutes into the game, Peoria's Jami Garcia opened the scoring.

Garcia later added another goal and Peoria went into the half with a 4-0 lead.

At halftime, however, Kingman adjusted its game.

The Bulldogs came out of the half ready to play and cut the lead to two.

Just 52 seconds into the half, Abby Noonan put the Bulldogs on the board.

Noonan drew Peoria's goalkeeper out of the goal and shot the ball high.

The ball hit the crossbar and came back to Noonan, who put it into the empty net.

Two minutes later, Sheena Fraka added to Kingman's score.

Fraka blew by the Peoria defender to gain possession of a through pass.

She then broke away from the defense and sent the ball behind the Peoria goalkeeper.

"In the second half we tried to work the ball up through the midfield," coach Jason Miller said.

"We were able to do that and got two quick goals."

The Bulldog's success was short-lived, however.

With about 20 minutes left in the game, Kingman defender Bethany Shadle took down a Peoria player in the box and Peoria was awarded a penalty kick.

Peoria then scored three more goals to bring the final score to 8-2.

"We were where we needed to be," Miller said.

"But we just had one unforced metal error and they just shut down.

They started playing to keep the other team from scoring instead of trying to score."

Mallory Casson played the entire game in net for the Bulldogs and made 11 saves.

Miller is still unsure if Casson will continue to play all of the minutes in net.

Despite the Bulldogs' breakdown toward the end of the game, Miller still saw some things he liked.

"We showed we could play with this team," Miller said.

"There was a stretch during the game where we were the better team.

We just beat ourselves mentally.

It was just a mental game.

Physically, we were right there.

We just have to be more mentally prepared."

Kingman's next game is Monday against Mountain Ridge.

Kickoff is 6 p.m.

at Lee Williams Field.