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Monday, September 11, 2017

5:00 PM

Palo Verde High School
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Cimarron Memorial High School
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Game Recap

The Panthers JV conceded their 100% winning record but remained unbeaten with a creditable draw away to a good Cimarron-Memorial (CM) team. CM had the better of the first 10 minutes as the Panthers failed to establish any meaningful possession. However, they worked themselves into the game and after 15 minutes Lamar Hayes scored another breakaway after an intelligent through ball from Ricky Gray. Ten minutes later Gray got on the scoresheet himself as his strength was too much for the CM defenders and goalkeeper when he crashed the ball over the line after an incisive 30 yard ball from Conner Wattles. CM pulled one back just before the half but the Panthers were good for the lead. Half time 2-1.

The Panthers dominated the second half for long spells but were unable to find any more goals. CM equalized half way through the half and the Panthers put them under an onslaught in the last 10 minutes in an attempt to get the winner. Hayes made an excellent run through the defense down the right and pulled the ball across the goal to the waiting Gray who unfortunately mishit his shot from 6 yards and screwed the ball wide. Gray tried his best to make amends for the miss by putting Hayes in with an excellent chip over the defense but Hayes was unable to fully control the ball and his shot went wide. Gray dribbled two players and then laid the ball off to Luke McGee who hit a thunderbolt against the crossbar from 22 yards with the goalkeeper well beaten. The winning goal didn’t come but the Panthers were good for the draw in a tough game. Final score 2-2,

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Palo Verde
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Cimarron Memorial
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Monday, September 11, 2017

3:30 PM

Palo Verde High School
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Cimarron Memorial High School
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Game Recap

The Panthers put in an under par performance but still managed to squeak out a victory against arch-rivals Cimarron-Memorial (CM). Starting line up: Huckfeldt, Jarvis, Nogues, Lloyd, Olenak, Stephens, Ruffer, Stevenson, Manthey, Vogel, Gomez.

The Panthers started with the line-up that pulled off an impressive defeat of CM in the Southern Nevada Kickoff Tournament just a couple of weeks ago. However, this may not have been the best decision as the Panthers performance in the first 20 minutes could only be described as abject. The team played with no passion, no desire to win, and a lack of energy. They were second in every challenge, gifted possession to CM too cheaply, and played without any physical edge to their game. It was no surprise then that CM took the lead after 15 minutes with a chipped shot from outside of the box after the Panthers defense and midfield had failed to pressure the shooter. The Panthers did squander one chance when Tanner Stevenson found Antonio Gomez in a good position inside the box, but after a good controlling touch Gomez rushed the shot when under no pressure and pulled it wide of the goal. The Panthers squandered numerous good free kick positions, and crosses and long throws from Teagan Jarvis proved problematical for the CM defense but no Panther had the desire to get on to the lose ball and slot it home. The Panther performance improved somewhat for the second 20 minutes of the first half without any clear cut chances being created. Half time 0-1.

The Panthers needed to find their normal form and lift their game for the second half. Starting line up: Huckfeldt, Jarvis, Nogues, Lloyd, Olenak, Stephens, Stevenson, Venezia, Manthey, Vogel, Montoya.

Curiously CM conceded the initiative to the Panthers after an early spell of pressure at the start of the second half. CM seemed happy to protect their lead and hit on the counter attack. The Panthers enjoyed more possession but found it difficult to trouble the CM goalkeeper as wayward or weak efforts from Presten Manthey, Zach Ruffer, and Bryan Montoya came to nothing. Tim Stephens took over free kick duty and had a scorcher pass an inch over the crossbar with the keeper well beaten. On the counter attack CM managed to get clean through on a long ball as the Panthers made a hash of marking assignments but the shot was high and wide. Because CM was bypassing its midfield the Panthers sacrificed a midfielder for an extra striker with 10 minutes to go as Mikey Venezia was withdrawn for Gomez. It was now all Panthers and the CM defense was finding it more and more difficult to hold them at bay. The breakthrough came with 10 minutes remaining. A CM throw inside their own half was headed back by Cole Lloyd and the ball found Mikey Vogel who turned his defender and danced through a couple of challenges to find himself clean in on goal. He slotted the ball hard and low past the sprawling keeper to tie the game. Although they had played below par for most of the game, the Panthers were now energized and determined to finish the job. The go-ahead goal came three minutes later when Ruffer played an accurate defense splitting pass to Manthey, who deceived the last defender and made no mistake past the advancing keeper. CM rallied and the Panther defensive frailties evident all day continued. Goalkeeper Hudson Huckfeldt misjudged a long ball and found himself stranded and only the CM striker will know how he failed to score into the empty net. The Panthers defense allowed a CM striker to dribble four players without a serious challenge being made and this time the Panthers were saved by the post. Final score 2-1.

If the Panthers go all the way this season they will play 28 games. One would not expect them to play at their best for all of those games and there will be the odd bad performance. The sign of a good team is that they can get a result when playing poorly, as happened in this game. However, too many poor performance will eventually end in defeat and the Panthers need to rediscover their brand of quick passing and movement soccer.

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Palo Verde

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Cimarron Memorial
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Panthers News · All Teams Schedule: Week of September 11 – September 17


Here’s a preview of this week’s events for Palo Verde High School, September 11 – September 17

MONDAY

September 11, 2017

3:30 PM Boys Varsity Soccer
@ Cimarron Memorial High School
SCHEDULE
5:00 PM Boys Junior Varsity Soccer
@ Cimarron Memorial High School
SCHEDULE

TUESDAY

September 12, 2017

No events happening

WEDNESDAY

September 13, 2017

No events happening

THURSDAY

September 14, 2017

3:30 PM Boys Varsity Soccer
@ Coronado High School
SCHEDULE
5:00 PM Boys Junior Varsity Soccer
@ Coronado High School
SCHEDULE

FRIDAY

September 15, 2017

No events happening

SATURDAY

September 16, 2017

No events happening

SUNDAY

September 17, 2017

No events happening

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Boys Junior Varsity Soccer, Boys Varsity Soccer · Palo Verde High School Boys Junior Varsity Soccer beat Durango High School 4-1


Friday, September 8, 2017

5:00 PM

Durango High School
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Game Recap

The JV continued their winning ways with an excellent victory against a very strong Durango JV side. Starting line up: Diaz, Grunwald, Franco, Stodick, Claire, Kanater, Wener, Schutze, Parker, Hayes, McGee (4-4-2).

The Panthers started strong and dominated the early possession. The Durango defense liked to play high and flat but did not have the recovery speed required to handle the Panther strikers. This fact alone was to be their undoing in this game, where the 4-1 scoreline flattered the visitors. Time after time the Panthers released the speedy Lamar Hayes in behind the Durango defense. He spurned one opportunity before opening the scoring. After regaining possession in the midfield, Connor Schutze split the defenders with an excellent through ball to Hayes who was lurking on the shoulder of the last defender. Hayes was away and was not going to be caught. He beat the keeper to his right and slotted the ball into the net. Durango was having no impact on the Panthers defense where Noah Grunwald, Sebastian Franco, Alex Stodick. and Gavin Claire were proving very effective in snuffing out Durango attacks and launching the Panthers forward. Particularly, Alex Stodick has grown in stature during these opening four games and he is totally dominant both in the air and on the ground. Ricky Gray was causing the Durango defense a world of trouble with his movement, physicality, and pace, and it appeared to be a significant loss to the Panthers when he retired injured with a dead leg after 10 minutes. The attack was rejigged with Joshua Parker introduced as a striker for Gray. The pattern continued with the Panthers dominating play and continually opening up the Durango defense, only to spurn opportunities as Hayes wasted a one-on-one with the keeper and then struck the crossbar with a fierce effort from the edge of the box. Durango earned a rare corner and it was from this that they equalized after 20 minutes of play. A Panthers defensive header ricocheted of a team mate and fell kindly for a Durango player just 8 yards out right in front of goal and he left goalkeeper Yahir Diaz with no chance. This was the first goal conceded by the Panthers JV this season and it seemed to rattle them. For the next five minutes is was panic stations as the Panthers made mistake after mistake and gifted Durango the initiative. However, Durango was unable to capitalize on this. The Panthers brought on Elijah Posada as a holding midfielder and his presence settled things down. The Panthers dominated the last five minutes and in this period they re-established the lead. They should have had a penalty after Hayes was put through yet again but was tripped from behind when in the act of shooting. The leading goal came when Parker showed short on the right wing and received a pass from Trever Wattles. He turned and played a clever ball across the Durango back line to find Hayes, who once again ran in on goal unopposed to score. Half time 2-1.

The Panthers changed the formation from 4-4-2 to 4-5-1 in an attempt to exert more control over the midfield. As a result their domination of the game was almost total during the second half. Starting line up: Probst, Trevor Wattles, Franco, Stodick, Claire, Posada, Connor Wattles, Wener, Buonto, Hayes, Kanater.

Durango attempted to get back into the game by sending more men forward. However, this just left the defense exposed even more and the Panthers took advantage. Hudson Ryder was introduced on the right wing 10 minutes into the second half and he tortured the Durango left full back with a fine display of dribbling, and passing and movement. Posada was dominating the midfield and the skill of Connor Wattles and Cole Wener in the midfield was repeatedly opening up the Durango defense. Again, more changes were missed than were scored through poor finishing, good goalkeeping, and last ditch tackles. Hayes was put through twice, first to shoot straight at the goalkeeper and second to take too long to pull the trigger allowing a defensive block. At the third attempt he has put in behind by Wener with an excellent through ball that needed no controlling touch and he crashed the ball to the left of the keeper from 16 yards. The game now appeared to be safe. Saifeldin Mohamed was introduced for Wener as an additional holding midfielder to help secure the result. Mohamed put in his best performance of the season so far by winning a lot of ball and using it effectively. Conner Wattles was pushed into the attacking midfield role and it was from here that he scored the fourth goal. A long punt from goalkeeper Kyle Probst was allowed to bounce in the center circle and the ball seemed to deceive everyone and get in behind the flat defense. A number of Panthers sprinted in behind but it was Wattles who got there first to finish beyond the helpless keeper from the edge of the area. Final score 4-1.

This was the first time that the JV team had conceded a goal in a game and it came as a bit of a shock. However, once they stabilized themselves they showed the ability and determination to go on and secure the victory. Other players deserving a mention for this game are: Gavin Claire at left full back, whose speed and aggression in the tackle means that he is rarely beaten. He has also become quite accomplished with the ball and he rarely wastes possession when he gets it; Luke McGee at right wing and midfield, who is extremely composed on the ball, never loses possession and always uses the ball intelligently. His ability to control possession is one of the key factors in Panther success this season.

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Durango
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Palo Verde
2

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Friday, September 8, 2017

3:30 PM

Durango High School
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The Panthers completed their tenth consecutive win of the season and posted their sixth shutout in a Jekyll and Hyde performance at home to Durango. Starting line up: Huckfeldt, Jarvis, Nogues, Lloyd, Lawrence, Stephens, Vogel, Stevenson, Gomez, Manthey, Robledo-Matadamas.

The Panthers took advantage of Durango’s tendency to dwell on the ball in defensive area by applying a high press that kept Durango on the back foot for long periods of the first half. The Panthers played with high energy and a desire to win that tore Durango apart in this first period. The Panthers won a string of early corners and a shot from 25 yards by Tim Stephens was well saved by the goalkeeper. Stephens came close again when his back post header off a corner beat the goalkeeper but was cleared off the line by a defensive header. The break though finally came on 15 minutes when a goal kick from Hudson Huckdfeldt was headed on in the center circle by Tanner Stevenson. The ball bounced in front of Presten Manthey, who held off the defender to apply a second headed flick on. This was anticipated by Antonio Gomez who seized on the ball behind the defense, ran on to round the goalkeeper and roll the ball into the net, proving that his hat-trick in the last run out against Legacy was no fluke. At this point the Panthers looked like they would score every time they went forward and they continued to make it very difficult for Durango to generate any constructive play. The second goal came on 20 minutes with an excellent move. Again Durango attempted to play out from the back and a forward ball into midfield was well anticipated and intercepted by Stephens. He surged forward, committed the defender, and slipped an intelligent ball out to Henry Robledo-Matadamas on the right wing. Robledo-Matadamas took one controlling touch and delivered an excellent cross, low and hard behind the Durango defense, which found the eager Stevenson making an excellent run in and he thumped the ball past the helpless goalkeeper from 6 yards. Shortly after, the Panthers made it 3-0 off a corner, when a back post effort from Stephens struck the crossbar and appeared to bounce down across the line but Ryan Nogues made sure with a powerful lunge to head the ball over the line. The referee officially gave the goal to Nogues. After the initial 25 minutes of high intensity, changes were made with Arber Hoxhalli and Mikey Venezia coming in for Mikey Vogel and Stevenson in midfield, Tyler Olenak coming in for Teagan Jarvis at right back, and Dylan Rath and Bryan Montoya coming on for Gomez and the excellent Robledo-Matadamas. This seemed to disrupt the Panther’s tempo and resulted in more possession for Durango. A well worked Durango move released a striker behind the defense but a recovery run by Cole Lloyd put the attacker under pressure and his effort was well saved by the advancing Huckfeldt. Half time 3-0.

The Panthers allowed Durango more possession in the second half but were defensively strong and continued to create chances on the counter attack. Starting line up: Huckfeldt, Jarvis, Nogues, Lloyd, Lawrence, Stephens, Vogel, Stevenson, Gomez, Manthey, Robledo-Matadamas.

The Panthers returned to the original starting line up in an attempt to re-establish control of the game. However, Durango came out with more intensity and determination and made a far better job of retaining possession. The defensive performance of Teagan Jarvis, Nogues. Lloyd, and Cole Lawrence, aided by Stephens prevented Durango from generating any meaningful chances and they were restricted to a couple of wayward shots over the crossbar and a couple of routine saves from Huckfeldt. At the other end, the Panthers remained a counter attacking threat and should have significantly added to their score but for poor finishing and excellent goalkeeping. Manthey was having no luck. He was put through by Robledo-Matadamas only to see his shot well saved by the goalkeeper. However, the rebound bounced fortuitously and with the goal wide open he chose to hammer a hard shot rather than place the ball under control, resulting in him blazing it over the crossbar. On a second effort, he received the ball with his back to goal inside the area and turned well only to see his goal-bound shot be well saved by the diving goalkeeper. The keeper also made good saves from Robledo-Matadamas, Gomez, and Stephens as chances continued to be created. Gomez sent an excellent cross along the outside of the penalty area that Stevenson intelligently allowed to run through his legs to the unmarked Montoya on the back post. However, Montoya did not shoot first time but pulled the ball back inside and shot to see his effort go just wide. Dylan Rath was brought on for the unlucky Manthey and pulled off his now usual party piece. Braxton Tonks was released down the left side and sprinted into the penalty area. He drew two defenders and unselfishly played a square ball to the unmarked Rath who finished comfortably right footed past the diving keeper. The referee was a little yellow card happy and Nogues was withdrawn for Atakan Saricayir with 10 minutes remaining as Nogues had been carded in the first half. Saricayir did an excellent job and Durango created no more chances for the remainder of the game. Final score 4-0.

Poor finishing continues to be a problem and could prove a decisive factor in a closer game. Manthey is having a bit of a barren spell but this happens to all strikers once in a while. The coaches are confident that when he next scores the flood gates will open. However, the Panthers again showed their strength in depth with the four goals coming from four different players. The defense is proving concrete, with not only the starters proving difficult to break down but any substitutes brought in continuing in that vein.

Box Scores

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Durango

Palo Verde
3

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Panthers News · Event Recap: Week of September 2 – September 8


Saturday, Sep 2nd

No event results

Sunday, Sep 3rd

No event results

Monday, Sep 4th

No event results

Tuesday, Sep 5th

No event results

Wednesday, Sep 6th

Boys Varsity Soccer
vs. Legacy High School
W 4 – 0 SUMMARY
Boys Junior Varsity Soccer
vs. Legacy High School
W 5 – 0 SUMMARY

Thursday, Sep 7th

No event results

Friday, Sep 8th

Boys Varsity Soccer
vs. Durango High School
N/A
Boys Junior Varsity Soccer
vs. Durango High School
N/A

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Boys Junior Varsity Soccer, Boys Varsity Soccer · Palo Verde High School Boys Junior Varsity Soccer beat Legacy High School 5-0


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

5:00 PM

Legacy High School
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The Panthers JV continued their impressive start to the season with an emphatic 6-0 drubbing of Legacy. Starting line up: Diaz, Grunwald, Stodick, Franco, Claire, McGee, Wener, Mohamed, Hayes, Gray, Parker.

The Panthers dominated most of the half with another display of fine passing football. The Legacy defense often found itself too high and too square, which left them exposed to the pace of Lamar Hayes and Ricky Gray. It only took the Panthers 10 minutes to open the scoring when Gavin Claire played an excellent pass from the left full back position to put Hayes in on goal. Hayes rounded the keeper and finished coolly. The Panthers then wasted as string of opportunities as through balls put Hayes, Gray, and Parker through but the end product was missing. As with the Varsity game, the Legacy JV keeper was having an outstanding game thwarting the Panthers on numerous occasions. However, he could not reach a powerful Gray strike from the edge of the box after he had retrieved an over hit corner kick. Gray finished off the half by finding Hayes with an excellent cross field ball but Hayes effort narrowly missed the right post. Half time 2-0.

As the second half wore on, the Panthers looked like they may score on each attack as they tore apart the Legacy defense. Starting line up: Probst, Trevor Wattles, Stodick, Franco, Claire, Connor Wattles, Schutze, Ruffer, Ryder, Hayes, Parker.

A change of personnel for the second half saw normal service resumed as the Panthers assailed the Legacy goal. Again the Legacy goalkeeper made some excellent saves, particularly from Hayes, but there was just too much to deal with. Hayes began the second half scoring after a quality through ball by Schutze. The pass was so good Hayes only had to touch it once to crash it past the helpless keeper from 16 yards. Gray was reintroduced and he continued his excellent performance of the first half. He continually demanded the ball and dominated proceedings. He demonstrated his improved team play by dropping deep to receive and the turning to release Mohamed, whose excellent effort beat the keeper but went narrowly wide of the left post. Mohamed finally got his reward when Hudson Ryder laid off a first time pass for him to score by lobbing the ball over the keeper from the edge of the box. Minutes later, Luke McGee dribbled excellently down the left side and his pull back across the goal found Gray two yards out for a tap in finish. The Panthers were now running riot and Gray got his hat-trick with another excellent shot from outside the penalty area after a pass from McGee. Final score 6-0.

It is pleasing to see the attractive and effective style of soccer that the JV is playing. Ricky Gray is maturing into a very dangerous striker. It is to his credit that he has not let past misses get him down and the goals that we know are in him are finally starting to come. One down side is that the team is relying a little too much on Gray and Lamar Hayes for goals and it should be our aim to get more players on the score sheet.

Box Scores

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Legacy

Palo Verde
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Boys Junior Varsity Soccer, Boys Varsity Soccer · Palo Verde High School Boys Varsity Soccer beat Legacy High School 4-0


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

3:30 PM

Legacy High School
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The Panthers carried their preseason form into the first conference game and defeated a stubborn Legacy team by 4-0. Starting line up: Huckfeldt, Jarvis, Nogues, Lloyd, Lawrence, Stephens, Hoxhalli, Stevenson, Manthey, Vogel, Montoya.

The Panthers took control of the game from the off with some excellent passing and movement. The Legacy defense was playing an aggressive offside trap that resulted in a number of breakaway opportunities for the Panthers. Bryan Montoya had two one-on-one efforts with the goalkeeper off intelligent through balls but was thwarted by excellent goalkeeping. The goalkeeper saved well from Arber Hoxhalli at close range and also denied efforts from Presten Manthey, Cole Lawrence, and Mikey Vogel as the Panthers were frustrated by the keeper’s excellent performance and their own profligacy in front of goal. The Panthers tried to get behind the Legacy defense, particularly down the right side, and were successful on three occasions only for the crosses to be intercepted by the keeper or a sliding defender. After all of this pressure, the Panthers needed Hudson Huckfeldt to make an important save to keep the scores level. A series of quick passes in the midfield saw a Legacy striker released behind the Panther defense. The striker sent Huckfeldt the wrong way with his effort but Huckfeldt’s quick reactions allowed him to get a hand on the effort and steer it wide. With five minutes remaining in the half, Henry Robledo-Matadamas and Antonio Gomez were introduced for Vogel and Montoya, with Manthey switching to central striker. This was the catalyst for the break through. A good attack down the left side involving Lawrence and Robledo-Matadamas was thwarted but the ball broke to Manthey who played an intelligent chipped pass to the back post where the unmarked Gomez scored by flicking the ball over the advancing keeper’s legs and into the bottom left corner. Half time 1-0.

The Panthers have proven to be a second half team so far this season and this game was no exception as their display of passing and quick movement saw them put Legacy in the rear view mirror. Starting line up: Huckfeldt, Jarvis, Nogues, Lloyd, Lawrence, Stephens, Venezia, Vogel, Robledo-Matadamas, Manthey, Gomez.

The Panthers pulled Vogel into the midfield in a more creative role and kept the attacking trio that ended the first half with a goal. The Panthers jumped all over the Legacy defense from the first whistle and extended their lead within two minutes. Mikey Venezia and Vogel combined to find Manthey on the edge of the area. Manthey unleashed a fierce left foot shot that beat the keeper but struck the crossbar. The Legacy defense failed to clear the rebound and Gomez showed great strength to shoulder a Legacy defender off the ball before shooting accurately into the left corner of the goal. Two goals in just over five minutes of play from Gomez had turned the game around. The Panthers continued to dominate the half but also continued to spurn chances, with Robledo-Matadamas and Manthey both coming close. Just past the half way point in the second half, Gomez sealed his hat-trick and put the game beyond Legacy. Tim Stephens, who was totally dominating the midfield in the second half, surged forward and laid the ball off to Gomez who shifted right and struck a sweet drive into the top right corner from 23 yards. Gomez was withdrawn for Tyler Olenak shortly afterward. Within a minute Olenak was put through by Tanner Stevenson and his effort beat the advancing keeper but was narrowly wide of the left post. Legacy had one final roll of the dice with a 30 yard effort that sailed over the crossbar. With eight minutes left, Manthey was replaced by Dylan Rath, for his first appearance of the season. Rath wasted no time getting on the score sheet. Olenak had been fouled out on the left wing. Stevenson delivered an excellent cross that found Rath making a move to the near post. Rath crashed the ball into the net with a superb right foot volley to seal the final score of 4-0.

The Panthers again demonstrated their strength in depth as players introduced from the bench showed the desire to make an impact. Twelve different players have scored so far this season and the Panthers have not failed to score in any of the nine games. Today’s shutout was the fifth of the season, also indicating that we are developing the defensive solidity required to provide a successful season. We have played well but the coaches firmly believe that we can play better. There should be many excellent performances to come as long as we keep our feet on the ground and continue to work hard.

Box Scores

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Boys Junior Varsity Soccer, Boys Varsity Soccer · Palo Verde High School Boys Junior Varsity Soccer beat Virgin Valley High School 5-0


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

5:00 PM

Palo Verde High School
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Virgin Valley High School
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Game Recap

The Panthers JV strolled to victory in their first game of the season away to Virgin Valley. The first half saw constant Panthers pressure. Although, at times there was a tendency to attack through the congested middle of the field. The breakthrough came after 10 minutes when Lamar Hayes was put in behind the right full back by an intelligent diagonal pass from Josh Parker and Hayes made no mistake past the keeper. Hayes returned the favor five minutes later when he set up Parker who finished smartly. Half time 2-0.

The second half began with an excellent passing move from defense. Sebastian Franco passed the ball wide to left full back Trevor Wattles. Wattles found Zeke Ruffer on the wing who switched the ball inside to Nour Kanater. Kanater split the defense with an intelligent ball to Richard Gray who took one controlling touch before slotting the ball side footed past the advancing goalkeeper. This was the type of passing play that this team is capable of and the goal was an excellent team effort. The game was becoming a little too easy for the Panthers and as a result there was too much indulgence in dribbling and too little team play. However, the Panthers managed to add two more goals. Connor Wattles converted nicely after being set up by Connor Schutze for the first of the two. For the second, Noah Grunwald collected the ball on the halfway line and dribbled four or five players before shooting powerfully past the keeper from the edge of the area. Final score 5-0 and an impressive start to the season.

Box Scores

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Palo Verde
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Boys Junior Varsity Soccer, Boys Varsity Soccer · Palo Verde High School Boys Junior Varsity Soccer beat Desert Oasis High School 4-0


Thursday, August 31, 2017

5:00 PM

Desert Oasis High School
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Palo Verde High School
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Game Recap

The Panthers JV notched their second victory of the season and remained undefeated with an impressive result away to Desert Oasis. The Panthers dominated the game from start to finish and scored four goals that were all of the highest quality. Starting line up: Diaz, Grunwald, Stodick, Franco, Clair, Posada, McGee, Wener, Hayes, Gray, Cowles.

The Panthers started on the front foot and took the game to the Desert Oasis defense. With Luke McGee and Cole Wener pulling the strings in midfield and the very impressive Lamar Hayes on the left side, the Panthers were pulling the Desert Oasis defense in different directions exposing gaps and creating opportunities. The break through game after just five minutes with what was the goal of the game. McGee received a lateral pass from Wener 35 yards out and fed an excellent ball inside the full back to Hayes. Hayes showed his extreme pace to run behind the Desert Oasis defense and he delivered a perfect driven ball behind the defensive line. Ricky Gray was steaming towards goal and did well to get his head and knee over the ball to deliver a powerful finish left footed leaving the goalkeeper helpless. The Panthers continued to press for the remainder of the half. However, Desert Oasis did pose a threat and one ball behind the defense resulted in a shot that brought an excellent save with an outstretched left foot from goalkeeper Yahir Diaz. The Panthers squandered a number of opportunities at the other end and should have ended the half further ahead.

The same pattern continued in the second half with the Panthers dominating possession while Desert Oasis posed a threat on the counter attack. Starting line up: Probst, Grunwald, Stodick, Franco, Trevor Wattles, Connor Wattles, Ruffer, Schutze, Parker, Kanater, Gray, Mohamed.

The Panthers were quickly all over the Desert Oasis defense and created a number of chances that were spurned or saved by the keeper. The break through came 10 minutes into the half from one of a string of corners that Desert Oasis failed to clear. Nour Kanater was showing that his corner taking was exemplary and played a deep effort to the back post where Noah Grunwald finished impressively with a header. Headed goals are a rarity at this level and it was pleasing to see such a fine example of the art. Desert Oasis managed one counter attack that resulted in a fine near post save from Kyle Probst but from the midway point of the half the Panthers were totally dominant. If not for some poor finishing and a bit of bad luck this could have been a victory by an embarrassing margin. In an effort to gain some traction in the game Desert Oasis started playing their back line much higher and this was their undoing. Connor Schutze was pulling the strings in midfield. His close control and vision were creating opportunities for the Panther’s attack. A string of excellent through balls put Gray in on goal, which resulted in a couple of excellent efforts on goal. The first saw Gray strike the right post with only the goalkeeper to beat and the second saw him strike the left post under the same conditions. Clearly, lady luck was shining on Desert Oasis. Gray was switched for the pacey Hayes and the opportunities kept coming. Put clean through on goal, Hayes made no mistake with the finish one-on-one with the keeper. Desert Oasis were getting desperate and were conceding free kicks in dangerous positions. Sebastian Franco came close with one free kick effort that went just over the crossbar. He was finally rewarded with an assist from a free kick out on the right side. He faked to cross and slipped the ball to Hayes who finished impressively from the edge of the area with a powerful left foot shot. Hayes was unfortunate not to complete his hat-trick when he chipped the ball over the keeper and narrowly over the crossbar off another excellent through ball. The JV use of width, comfort on the ball, and excellent team play has set the standard for this team. They are a joy to watch. Final Score 4-0.

Box Scores

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Desert Oasis

Palo Verde
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