AIA soccer returns
MOHAVE VALLEY — Four Colorado River Union High School District soccer teams warmed up for their upcoming regular seasons by participating in a scrimmage hosted by the Dust Devils at River Valley High School on Thursday.
DUST DEVILS REBUILDING
The River Valley boys head coach Sam Elander said, “Last year we had pretty much a whole roster of seniors, so with them graduating it’s pretty much an entirely new team.”
He added: “We’re looking at about
three returners. So, it’s a pretty fresh squad of mainly underclassmen.”
The Dust Devils finished with a 7-6 overall record, 6-1 in the Arizona Interscholastic Association 3A West Region, and they advanced into the first round of the playoffs before losing to the Yuma Catholic Shamrocks last season.
River Valley lost graduating senior Devin Read, who is attending Arizona Christian University and playing soccer for the Firestorm this season.
Read scored 75 goals and added 35 assists during his four-year career.
Defender Jeremy Queen, midfielder/defender Assad Zeinaty, forward Abraham Garcia and keeper Ricardo Gonzalez also graduated in late May.
Senior Alexis Cabrera will be River Valley’s keeper this season.
“(Cabrera) was our second keeper last year, and he has been having great training with our assistant coach Gus Hernandez and (Ricardo), who was our goalkeeper last year, they’ve been working with him last year and this year, helping him making sure he’s watching his technique and making sure he’s staying focused,” Elander said. “He’s stepping up there and getting fit for this season.
“Since we’re pretty much starting from scratch this season, we’re pretty much into a development season,” said the second-year River Valley head coach.
LADY T-BIRDS FIRE AWAY
Mohave High School Lady T-birds senior forward Jasmine Gonzalez and sophomore forward Skyler Foster scored goals from at least 25 yards away from the net, with defenders all over them at River Valley.
“We had a lot of opportunities that didn’t go in,” T-birds head coach Kelly Burgess said. “But I’m really happy with how they look so far.”
Forward Aliyah Armijo, who is attending Salem (West Virginia) University while playing soccer for the Tigers this fall, graduated after scoring 35 goals for the Lady T-birds.
MHS went 15-6 overall, 3-4 in the AIA Grand Canyon Region, losing to Prescott in the first round of the playoffs last year.