Middle-schoolers<br>drop 2 of 3 on road
The Grand Canyon Middle School soccer team make the trek to Seligman Saturday and defeated the host school but lost its other two matches to Williams and Ash Fork.
The 2002 Grand Canyon Middle School soccer team, from left, front: Sandy Pittenger, Maria Caballero, Lizzie Tobin, Fabienne Guiessaz, Ali Towers, Illanda Bitsui; back: Jamie Caballero, assistant coach; Chloe Phillips, Casey Gibson, Cruz Caballero, Scott Beck, Molly Kimmerle, Dorothy Kimmerle, Daniel Trenchard, Emma Keske, Heather Knight, Terry Tobin, head coach. Not pictured: Jonathan Yazzie, Cuco Jaime.
In the first game, Williams won for the first time this year in a 3-0 victory over Grand Canyon. Standouts for the Phantoms included goalkeepers Casey Gibson with four saves and Molly Kimmerle with two saves. It was Kimmerle’s first game at that position.
The Phantoms then faced Ash Fork and dropped a 1-0 decision. Ash Fork has been the top team in the I-40 Conference this season.
Gibson had nine saves at goalkeeper for Grand Canyon.
"He did an excellent job and the defense as a whole did an excellent job," Grand Canyon Middle School coach Terry Tobin said.
In the last match, Grand Canyon took a 1-0 victory over Seligman. Gibson scored the lone goal with an assist from Cuco Jaime.
Tobin said the Grand Canyon defense shined in this one with exceptional performances from Maria Caballero and Daniel Trenchard. Fabienne Guiessaz had three saves at goalkeeper.
Grand Canyon (4-4) heads to Ash Fork on Saturday.
9 a.m. — Seligman vs. Ash Fork.
10 a.m. — Northland Prep vs. Grand Canyon.
11 a.m. — Ash Fork vs. Williams.
Noon — Grand Canyon vs. Seligman.
1 p.m. — Northland Prep vs. Williams.