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No. 7 Lady T-birds split

January 6, 2019

BULLHEAD CITY —The Grand Canyon Region Mohave High School Lady T-birds entered the Aztec Invitational at Copper Canyon High School ranked No. 7 in the Arizona Interscholastic Association 4A girls soccer conference before earning a split Friday, as they won one out of three in two days.

“It was good for the ladies to experience faster, more physical games than we have played up to now,” said Mohave head coach Kelly Burgess by text message about the competition his T-birds faced Friday.

MOHAVE 4, AQUA FRIA 0

Skyler Foster continued playing top-notch girls soccer for the T-birds.

“Agua Fria has some speed and they battled hard. but we were able to force them to play our game,” Burgess said. “When we worked out our shape and passed along our lanes, we were able to posses the ball well.”

T-birds sophomore forward Foster continued to play well.

“Skyler was stellar up top,” Burgess said. “She won every ball that came her way and scored two goals in our 4-0 win.”

Ashlyn Armijo and Jasmine Gonzalez also scored one goal apiece.

APOLLO 2, MOHAVE 0

The Apollo High School Lady Hawks blanked the T-birds 2-0 during the first game of the tourney on Thursday.

“Apollo was a strong opponent,” Burgess said. “They fought for every possession they got.

“Their forwards were fast and their midfielders did a nice job of feeding passes into their forward runs.”

Mohave sophomore Yadhira Robles was the glue that kept Mohave’s defense together against Apollo, Burgess said. “She covered a lot of space in keeping the Apollo attackers away from our keeper,” he added. “They were able to get two in on us (Wednesday).

“Our midfield worked well with our front runners, but we just struggled a bit in getting good shots off.”

Burgess added: “All in all, we had a good tournament.

“We are improving in our movement off the ball. The girls are a bit more comfortable in holding on to the ball under pressure.

“As we continue to experience the pressures of the physical game, I’m sure our young players will develop into fierce competitors.

“I’m so excited for what we are developing at Mohave High School.

“We will continue to improve and will be ready for the post-season tournament by the end of the month.”

Play-by-play courtesy of Burgess.

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