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Havasu boys soccer beats River Valley 15-0 for second straight win

November 29, 2018

Seniors Johnathan Perez and Randy Gallegos both had hat tricks in the Lake Havasu soccer team’s 15-0 win over River Valley on Tuesday night at Lee Barnes Stadium.

It is the second straight game the Knights (2-0) have scored 10 or more goals after Havasu’s 10-1 win over Parker last week. The Knights have outscored their opponents 25-1 in their first two games to start the season.

The season is still young but Havasu is clearly dominating teams on the Colorado River right now. That is not the mindset going into games, though, according to the players.

“We don’t expect to come out like that,” Gallegos said. “We expect to come out here, play hard and see how it plays out. Our communication is great right now and that’s how we didn’t let them score like we did in the last game.”

Havasu wasted no time finding the back of the net on Tuesday with Perez scoring his first of three in the fifth minute.

Not long after the first goal, the Knights struck again when Gallegos drove into the Dust Devils defensive third and crossed the ball to Tristan Fowler who was waiting just above the goalie box. Fowler drew River Valley’s goalkeeper to the top of the goal box, juked the keeper and lobbed the ball into the empty net.

The Knights would end up scoring five more times before the half ended to put the game away.

Fowler ended the night with two goals. Trent Dreisbach and Peyton Luzzi also had two goals. Jonathon Lopez, Bryson Chalfant and Gavin Lintz each added one.

Six of Havasu’s goals came from four players off the bench — Dreisbach, Luzzi, Chalfant and Lintz. The Knights bench proved to be deep on Tuesday and has Lake Havasu coach Christina Gibbs feeling positive early in the season.

“This is the first year in my four years coaching here that I feel comfortable putting anybody in a certain position off the bench,” Gibbs said. “I told my team that had me excited going into the season. Soccer is really growing in this community due to the club programs and I think that is only making our program at this level better.”

Just like in their game against Parker last week, the Knights dominated ball possession.

In all, Havasu tallied 49 steals from River Valley. Once the Knights were able to take the ball away, their passing had the Dust Devils spending most of their time trying to get the ball back.

“We’ve really been focusing on our passing and trying to play quickly,” Gibbs said. “We’ve been working on our two-touches and triangles. I thought we did a good job but it still could be faster and more crisp.”

The Knights look to keep their winning streak alive on Tuesday when they travel to Parker for their first road game of the season at 6 p.m.\

Girls

Lake Havasu 3, River Valley 2

Kendra Park scored two goals and Summer Evans added another to help the Lake Havasu girls soccer team earn its first win of the season after beating River Valley 3-2 on Tuesday in Mohave Valley.

“It was a back-and-forth battle,” Lake Havasu coach Josh Kistler said. “It was a good way to win by keeping it nice and close.”

The Knights and Dust Devils traded goals to start the game before Havasu went up by a goal. But River Valley tied it by scoring off an own-goal from Havasu. Park then scored the go-ahead goal — and her second of the game — to solidify the Knights lead.

Havasu is 1-1 overall with the win.

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