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Lady T-birds shut out Desert Edge 9-0: Foster records hat trick

December 15, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — Lady T-birds forward Skyler Foster tallied three goals to lead visiting Mohave High School girls soccer team to its 9-0 over the Lady Scorpions at Desert Edge High School in Goodyear, Arizona, on Thursday night.

The Arizona Interscholastic Association 4A non-region win improved the Grand Canyon Region T-birds’ record to 2-0 overall, 1-0 in conference and 0-0 in region, according to aiaonline.org. The loss dropped the West Valley Region Scorpions’ record to 0-4 overall, 0-2 in conference and 0-0 in region.

Skyler Foster beat the defender around the left side and passed the ball to Mikayla Barton, who was crashing the goal, before she finished first touch from 5 yards out.

After that ice breaker, the floodgates opened as Gabriella Laurenza made a run up from the right back, collected the pass from Barton and scored her first goal of the season in the 10th minute.

Just three minutes later, Jasmine Gonzalez saw the gap created when the center back slid out to slow Jackie Soto’s attack.

Soto played a nice ball into Gonzalez’s path and she beat the keeper high to her right to make it 3-0.

Foster made it 4-0 during the 16th minute when she ran from the left wing across the right back’s face to receive the ball from Misty Ortiz on a cross from the right-touch line. Her quick shot was in the net before the defender or the keeper even knew it was coming.

Foster scored again just three minutes later on an unassisted shot from 25 yards out.

The T-birds scored the sixth — and final goal of the half — when Ashlyn Armijo found midfielder Tiffany Saldana wide open in the middle, just 25 yards from the wide-open goal. Saldana’s shot entered the net with nearly five minutes remaining in the half.

“Our plan was to work on our possession game in the second half,” said T-birds head coach Kelly Burgess by text message.

Foster completed her hat trick in the second minute of the second half, and Armijo and Elena Rodriguez added a goal each to finish the scoring.

“The ladies are making some progress in their ability to read the game,” Burgess said. “They did a phenomenal job of identifying where Desert Edge was weak and they capitalized on that weakness very nicely.

“Our defense was strong tonight.”

Carly Swope took care of the middle and got three nice shots off “that put the fear into the Scorpions keeper,” Burgess said.

Burgess said center backs Julia Camacho and Yadhira Robles prevented the Scorpion attackers from reaching the goal-line, which helped keep Mohave goalkeeper Megan Krall from “breaking a sweat” tonight.

MOHAVE’S RECORD INCLUDING TOURNAMENT GAMES: The T-birds are 4-1-1 overall, according to MaxPreps.

Stats, play-by-play courtesy of Burgess.

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