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Mon, Jan. 20

Phantoms show fighting spirit

While they didn't pull off victories against Verde Valley and Sedona last weekend, an emotionally-bruised Phantoms varsity soccer team showed up and played hard through their grief over the loss of community member Dana Wren.

The team turned out wearing black armbands in his memory and his daughters Jessie and Jackie Wren were also on the field giving their all on Saturday.

Along with this loss, team member and starter Chris Streit was out of both games and will not play Wednesday due to a death in his family and goalkeeper and co-captain Jesse Hunter has been sidelined with a broken foot.

"We were not really a focused team," said Head Coach Ken Hunter. "I can't be more proud of them. They came out and they played hard."

Friday's game with Camp Verde ended 4-2, with Eddie Tobin scoring the first goal unassisted in the fourth minute and David Robinson scoring in the 78th minute with an assist by Matthew Beckerleg.

Coach Hunter said they started strong and played "real, real well. At 50 minutes in, they were in the lead." But, he said, they tired toward the end and began to struggle.

On Saturday, the Phantoms dropped the game with Sedona 6-1.

The Phantoms drew blood in the first minute of the game with a goal by Justin Kremer, assisted by Robinson but they were unable to get any more home.

With Streit's absence and Robinson's move from midfield to goal, Coach Hunter said some new players have come forward to help out including Dennis Booth, Emmanuel Webb and Paul Garza.

The Phantoms play Ash Fork this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. According to Coach Hunter, the Ash Fork team's prospects are a big unknown.

"None of the other teams have played them yet," he said.

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