BOYS SOCCER: Knights lock up Criminals, 5-3

December 15, 2018

Maxpreps.com’s Arizona player of the week Tristan Fowler scored two goals and a penalty kick goal in the Lake Havasu boys soccer team’s 5-3 win over Yuma High on Thursday at Lee Barnes Stadium.

With the win, the Knights are riding a four-game win streak and are 7-1-1 overall.

“I think we are on a positive note right now,” Lake Havasu coach Christina Gibbs said. “I did think we played a little slower than we did on Tuesday (against Gila Ridge). That could because our competition wasn’t moving the ball as quickly as Gila Ridge but we just have to focus on keeping our tempo up no matter who our opponent is because we will need that momentum later in the season.”

Havasu led the Criminals 2-0 going into the second half but Yuma cut its deficit in half in the 49th minute when it scored from the middle of the 18-yard box.

Senior Johnathon Perez scored in the 58th minute from the top of the goalie box to give the Knights more breathing room, but the Criminals quickly stole it back in the 63rd minute off a free kick.

Three minutes later Fowler scored off of the penalty kick after Randy Gallegos was fouled by a Yuma defender in its own 18-yard box.

The final nail in the coffin for the Criminals was a goal by Gallegos that was bobbled by a Yuma defender and goalie after failed communication left the ball wide open for Gallegos to grab and shoot.

In both of Havasu’s games this week and in a few in the Mohave County Soccer Tournament, the Knights had a sizeable lead but toward the end of the game allowed their opponents to get back in it with late goals.

While the Knights obviously won both of the games this week, Havasu doesn’t want to win by one or two goals like it has been. The Knights want to win with the big leads they gain at the beginning of games.

“I think we just get too confident and think the other team is going to give up on trying its hardest to catch up,” Perez said. “I don’t think we see that and I think we should because it’s going to end up killing us by letting teams back in. It shouldn’t happen at all.

“But we’ve been working very hard to keep the composure that we have. We built it up last week and have been communicating very well ever since. I think it’s showing on the field and we’re coming out with wins.”

Havasu has one more game before the holiday break when it hosts Kingman at Lee Barnes Stadium on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The last time the Knights faced the Bulldogs was in the Mohave County Soccer Tournament where Havasu won 5-0 in its last game of the tournament.

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