GC VILLAGE — The Grand Canyon Middle School soccer team topped a perfect season Saturday by taking the championship of the first-ever I-40 Conference Tournament.
The 2001 Grand Canyon Middle School soccer team, from left, front row: Kecia Torivio, Melissa Skeet; middle row, Molly Kimmerle, Fabienne Gueissaz, Chris Streit, Ben Gomez (front), Scott Olsen (back), Leslie Martinez, Maria Caballero; back row, Terry Tobin, assistant coach; Justin Kremer, Matthew Beckerleg, Ryne Boone, Eric Gueissaz, head coach; Yolanda Bitsui, Jose Acevedo, Eddie Tobin. Not pictured: Paul Garza.
The middle-school Phantoms defeated Ash Fork in the finale, 4-0.
After a scoreless first half, Grand Canyon came at the Spartans with an aggressive offensive attack after the intermission.
Ryne Boone opened scoring with a goal in the right corner of the net on an assist from Matthew Beckerleg. Ash Fork's goalie got a hand on the ball while falling to his left, but the ball snuck in for the Phantom lead.
Seconds later, Boone set up Eddie Tobin in the middle for another goal. Tobin received the pass, stopped and turned to kick the ball past the goalie.
Only a few minutes later, the Phantoms were celebrating again with another goal by Tobin, a scorcher in the middle.
Chris Streit put Grand Canyon up 4-0 with the final goal of the day on an assist by Tobin.
Justin Kremer had three saves at goalie for the Phantoms. Jose Acevedo displayed some nice defensive skills for Grand Canyon.
Earlier in the day, Grand Canyon downed Seligman, 6-1.
Tobin opened the scoring with a goal in the opening seconds. About a minute later, Beckerleg found an open net to give the Phantoms a 2-0 lead before some fans had even settled in their seats.
Grand Canyon upped its lead to 4-0 by halftime, both goals by Scott Olsen. Beckerleg set him up on his first goal.
The Seligman goalie got quite a workout in the first half with most of the match played on his end. Seligman seemed to be having problems passing the ball.
In the second half, Olsen and Streit added goals. Olsen ended up with the hat trick with other shots in the net coming by Tobin, Beckerleg and Streit.
Beckerleg and Tobin each had two assists while Kremer had one assist.
Grand Canyon followed with a 7-1 victory over Ash Fork. The Phantoms got three goals by Streit and one goal each by Melissa Skeet, Ryne Boone and Tobin. A phantom goal accounted for the seventh point.
Tobin had three assists. Boone had two assists and Maria Caballero had one assist.
Ash Fork downed Seligman, 1-0, for the chance to play Grand Canyon in the championship match.
Williams did not field a soccer team this year. Parks Maine was scheduled to play, but did not show up for the tournament.
Each coach was asked to choose four players from their own team to be placed on an all-tournament team. Grand Canyon's selections were Tobin, Streit, Kremer and Skeet.
Grand Canyon ends the season with a 10-0 record.