Phantoms put up fight for last game of season

The Phantoms varsity soccer team wrapped up their season last Saturday with a gutsy performance against the evenly-weighted Northland Prep.

While they dropped the match 2-1, it was anyone's game until the final whistle.

"This was their best game of the year," said Head Coach Ken Hunter. "We had more opportunities to score than they did. They just came out on top."

Grand Canyon's lone goal came in the 46th minute from Emanuel Webb, with the assist by Justin Kremer.

Northland Prep scored two in the second half.

For nine seniors, that game marked the close of their high school soccer career.

Graduating this year are Jesse Hunter, Matthew Beckerleg, David Robinson, Justin Kremer, Chris Streit, Eddie Tobin, Ryne Boone, Jackie Wren and Dennis Booth.

Even with the many departures, Coach Hunter said there is something next year to build on.

"We have a good core with the freshmen," he said. "Daniel (Trenchard) and Cruz (Caballero) have played a lot this year. They are a good core to build around. There are also a lot of girls coming up in the eighth grade."

The team was knocked out of the running for a berth at the State semi-finals the week before last, when they dropped away games with Northland Prep, 2-1, and Verde Valley, 5-3.

This Saturday's game was more or less a repeat of the game the Phantoms played at Northland Prep on Friday, Oct. 14. The two teams were pitted in a neck and neck battle and were tied with a goal apiece at the end of regulation play.

Ryne Boone scored that goal unassisted at the 37th minute, and Northland Prep answered with a goal of their own in the second half. They scored again in overtime to win the game.

On Saturday, Oct. 15, the Phantoms traveled to Verde Valley. Justin Kremer scored all three Phantoms goals ­ one at the seventh minute, one at the 14th minute and one at the 23rd minute. David Robinson provided the assist on the first and Jesse Hunter assisted on the next two.

Verde Valley scored two goals in the first half and three in the second.

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