KINGMAN – Brett Bergin’s shot on goal with four minutes left in the second overtime was denied by Lake Havasu’s keeper, and the Kingman Bulldogs fell to the Knights Thursday in Havasu, 2-1.
Chandler Baca scored the only goal for Kingman (1-2, 3A Conference) in the first half, and Bulldogs’ keeper Britton Ogle came up with a crucial save in the opening 40 minutes on a Knights’ penalty kick. Ogle was helped throughout the match by an outstanding defensive performance from Thomas Bigelow.
“Havasu played real physical,” said KHS boys soccer coach Kevin Roberts. “We hung with them on a physical level.”
Kingman hosts Parker in its next match at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
River Valley 4, Lee Williams 0
At LWHS, Lee Williams sent 23 shots on goal at the River Valley keeper but couldn’t get any to find the net as the Dust Devils took the win, 4-0.
“Defensively, we are solid,” said LWHS boys soccer Gabe Otero. “We are struggling on the finish. We controlled the game.”
The coach is certain he can get the Vols’ shots to start getting into the goal. The shooters’ techniques just need some tweaking.
“Each space in the field takes a different approach,” Otero said. “Right now we are stutter stopping a lot into our shots trying to find room to shoot.”
Lee Williams (0-2) looks to have that corrected when they open play at the Mohave County Boys Soccer Tournament at River Valley Thursday.
Havasu 3, Kingman 1
At KHS, Lake Havasu held a two-goal lead at the end of the first half and held off Kingman in the second for a 3-1 win Thursday.
Havasu led 2-0 at the half, and the Lady Bulldogs narrowed the lead to 2-1 when Alea Cedillo scored on an assist from Rachel Torres in the 65th minute. Havasu made it a two-goal lead again just three minutes later and went on to earn the victory.
Kingman next plays at Trivium Prep in Goodyear Tuesday.
River Valley 5, Lee Williams 0
At Mohave Valley, Lee Williams kept River Valley scoreless through the match’s first 35 minutes. Lady Vols keeper Melissa Davis had to leave the game due to an injury, and the Dust Devils took advantage and went ahead 3-0 over the final five minutes of the first half.
“They played tough and worked together,” said LWHS girls soccer coach Jessica Brinkerhoff regarding her team. “My girls went into the second half strong, and with a few key players out, they really made River Valley work for its next two goals.”
Lee Williams next plays at the Mohave County Girls Soccer Tournament back in Mohave Valley Thursday.