Phantoms dominate Spartans

Big win builds team's confidence as they face Chino Valley and Camp Verde away on Friday and Saturday

On Sept. 28 the High School Phantoms soccer team hosted the Ash Fork Spartans and came away with a much-needed victory. The Phantoms turned in a dominating performance shutting out the Spartans 6-0. Justin Kremer led the way with four goals and an assist, David Robison added two goals, and Eddie Tobin had five assists.

Kremer scored his first goal of the game at the 13-minute mark with an assist from Tobin. Five minutes later Kremer and Tobin again combined for a score to lead the Phantoms to a 2-0 halftime lead. The Phantoms had some other scoring opportunities in the first half but were unable to capitalize. As the half ended the Phantoms had out shot the Spartans 16-2.

The Phantoms continued their dominance in the second half. In the 46th minute Kremer set up David Robinson for a score and with nine minutes left in the game, Tobin assisted on Robinson's second goal of the game. In the next six minutes Tobin set up Kremer for his third and fourth goals of the game. 

Although the Spartans were able to mount a bit more of an attack in the second half, they never seriously threatened the Phantom lead. The Phantoms out shot the Spartans 15-7 in the second half. Cruz Caballero gets credit for the shutout in goal.

"This is a big win and a great confidence builder for our team," said Head Coach Ken Hunter. "The team played well, passing the ball and maintaining possession. This is a turning point in our season. We need to build off this win and carry the momentum into the second half of the season."

The Phantoms are currently 2-4 in conference play with six conference games remaining. The Phantoms play at Chino Valley on Friday at 1 p.m. and then travel to Camp Verde for a 5 p.m. contest on Saturday.

"The road ahead is a tough one but we hold our fate in our own hands. With six games remaining against the teams we need to beat, we still have a good chance to make the state playoffs," said Coach Hunter.

(Editor's note: Ken and Nancy Hunter contributed to this article.)

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