Lady Devs start well
MOHAVE VALLEY — Head coach Ed Marquez likes what he saw when his Lady Dust Devils faced competition for the first time during their soccer scrimmage at River Valley High School on Thursday afternoon.
“So far, I think we’re learning a lot,” Marquez said after the scrimmage. “We’re still pretty young. It gives us an opportunity to see what we’ve got and what we need to work on.
“So far, things are working good and we’re getting better results than what we expected.”
Marquez said his Dust Devils are minus four seniors from last year’s squad, which went 7-8-3 overall, 4-2 in the Arizona Interscholastic Association 3A Region 6.
RVHS senior Alyssa Hazelwood, who earned the region defensive player of the year honor as a midfielder following her junior campaign, is back.
Junior defender/forward Kaity Read, sophomore forward Hailie Pagett and sophomore defender/forward Julia Boydston have returned after earning first-team, all-region accolades last year.
Forward Mikayla Dillon-Wilkie, who had been the Dust Devils’ most prolific scorer during the last four seasons, earned first-team, all-region honors, but she graduated in May.
Junior defender/forward Alexis Zavala and junior forward Alondra Castro are back this season after earning all-region, second-team accolades a year ago.
Marquez said two freshmen Dust Devils have impressed him already. “We’re expecting big things” from Brisa Muniz and Summer Sadberry, he added.
The four-year River Valley girls head soccer coach said Muniz is expected to play forward and Sadberry will be a defender.
The Dust Devils’ first game will be at 6 p.m. on Nov. 27 at River Valley against Lake Havasu High School.