Two soccer players score twice as Bulldogs beat Goldwater

Kingman's boys' soccer team had one last shot to make the regional tournament.

Cody McKay and Carson Holmquist made sure the season would last at least one more game.

McKay and Holmquist each scored twice as the Bulldogs beat visiting Goldwater 5-2 Thursday night in the final game of the regular season.

"We knew this team wasn't as tough as the other teams were," Holmquist said.

"We knew we could come out scoring, so that gave us a spark."

McKay opened the scoring eight minutes into the game after chasing down a ball sent deep into Goldwater territory.

McKay beat the defender and put ball behind the goalkeeper.

Goldwater had a chance to tie it just 30 seconds later, but Kingman goalkeeper Mark Hillemeyer made the save on a tough ,angle shot.

Just ten minutes later, McKay scored again.

This time he isolated the goalkeeper on a breakaway and easily found the back of the net.

McKay celebrated both goals by running back toward the midfield with his shirt pulled up over his head.

Holmquist scored the eventual game-winner with just over 12 minutes to play in the half.

He just beat the offside call and took a long pass to the corner of the penalty box and sent the ball across.

His cross hit an opposing defender and sailed past the helpless goalkeeper.

Goldwater changed goalkeepers and Kingman took a 3-0 lead into halftime.

The Bulldogs came out ready to play and had three good chances in the first five minutes of the second half.

Goldwater also had a good chance when the player drew Hillemeyer out of the net, but the shot sailed wide.

But Holmquist put the game away nine minutes in off a deflection.

"Tim (Keller) took a nice shot and the defender got in the way," Holmquist said.

"It was deflected and I was just happy to be there to put it in."

Play got physical in the second half and tempers flared on both sides.

Holmquist and Gus Alvarez each received a yellow card for Kingman, while Matt Rappisi got a red card and was ejected from the game for getting into a shoving match with an opponent.

With about 20 minutes left in the game, a Goldwater player yelled to the referee, "Sir, he just threatened to kill me," and pointed to Bulldog defender Kris Savatgy.

Savatgy said there were no death threats exchanged.

"He was just talking trash," Savatgy said.

"After Cody took a shot, he said to a teammate he was going to take Cody out.

I told him I'd stop him and he said 'what are you going to do, kill me?' I didn't say I'd kill him."

Nothing was called and play continued.

Goldwater spoiled Hillemeyer's bid for the shutout with 14 minutes left in the game.

After missing on several good chances throughout the second half, Keller was finally able to put one home with five minutes remaining.

McKay came in on the goalkeeper, who mishandled the ball.

The ball came to Keller who put it into the open net.

Goldwater added one more goal with four minutes left to bring the final score to 5-2.

With the win, the Bulldogs advanced to regionals where they will face Deer Valley Wednesday.