It was a game of many firsts for the Sedona Red Rock High School boys soccer team; head coach Daniel Valenzuela’s debut and the first for the team as a relatively new group.
The boys team made the long journey to Tonopah Valley High School for a non-region contest, falling 2-1.
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“First of all, they actually did a great job in their first game coming together how they did,” Valenzuela said. “I have a lot of material going forward to make adjustments in the lineup and tactics. I’m very happy with the result.”
The Phoenix got on the board first near the end of the first half on a breakaway goal.
Red Rock scored in the second half. Senior center defender Thomas Zielinski, in his first competitive game in six years, picked out sophomore midfielder Clark Borjon in midfield.
Borjon released sophomore forward Ben Philo, who finished one-on-one with the goalkeeper. The Phoenix bagged their second goal on free kick from the right side that went high corner. The game could have ended in a 2-2 tie, but Borjon missed a penalty kick.
3A Region 1 play already starts with a 2 p.m. kickoff on Saturday, Dec. 2, at home against North Pointe Preparatory Academy.
The team played in the Desert Cup Classic in Phoenix from Tuesday, Nov. 28, to Thursday, Nov. 30. It took on Trevor G. Browne High School on Nov. 28, winning 2-0 behind goals from senior midfielder Marissa Pedroza and sophomore forward Amari Sonn.
The following day it played North High School, losing 3-0.
Results from the Thursday game were not available at press time.
With a thin roster, head coach Juan Carlos Aguilar’s main concern has been fitness. Fatigue was costly against North, which pressured the Scorpions a lot within their own defensive half of the field, eventually tiring them out.