GC plays Chino tough,<br>falls to Ash Fork by 3

GC VILLAGE — The Grand Canyon High School soccer team had a pretty good thing going after 40 minutes of play at Chino Valley Friday afternoon.

Grand Canyon's Miles Hunter scores a goal against Ash Fork Saturday.

The Phantoms held a 2-0 lead over the defending Class 1A-3A fall soccer state champions. But after the second 40 minutes, the Cougars had put four goals on the board and shutout Grand Canyon the rest of the way for a 4-2 win.

"We had them worried, that's what their coach said," Phantoms coach Ken Olsen said. "We allowed one goal and then the momentum changed."

Grand Canyon took the 2-0 lead on a pair of goals by Miles Hunter. Oscar Badillo and Mitchell Walker set up Hunter the first-half goals.

Olsen said the team lost its desire after allowing the first goal in the second half. He lauded the play of Walker, Hunter, Badillo, Brian Skeet and John Gabaldon.

The coach called Gabaldon a steady, confident player and added that Badillo plays with heart.

The team came home Saturday for a rematch with Ash Fork. The Phantoms lost to Ash Fork early in the season in overtime.

This time around, the Spartans controlled the match throughout for a 5-2 win. Rene Ayala scored three goals while Luis Morales and Rudy Hernandez each had one.

Grand Canyon took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Hunter with an assist from Badillo. Late in the first half, Badillo scored unassisted.

The Phantoms fall to 2-7 in the region, 3-10 overall. Grand Canyon will host Camp Verde Saturday at 1 p.m. in the season finale.

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