It turned out to be a split week for the Parker Broncs soccer team. They defeated the Paradise Honors Panthers, 3-1, in their season opener Nov. 25 in Parker. The following night, they lost to a perennial Colorado River powerhouse, the Lake Havasu Knights, 9-1, again in Parker.

In the game against Paradise Honors, the Broncs’ offense was very aggressive. They kept the action in the Panthers’ end of the field for much of the first half. The Broncs got on the board first with a goal in the first half. Near the end of the first half, the Broncs thought they had a second goal, but this was called back due to a player being offside.

The Panthers’ were much more effective in the second half, scoring their only goal of the game. The Broncs scored twice on penalty kicks.

Parker High has a new soccer coach this year in Lonnie Lewis. He’s an English teacher at Parker High School. He said he was impressed with how the team played in the Paradise Honors game, especially with how aggressive they were on offense.

“The kids are doing really good,” he said. “They’re showing good teamwork and good communication on the field.”

The Broncs are now 1-0 in the 3A Northwest and 1-1 overall. They had a road game Monday, Dec. 2 against the Odyssey Institute Minotaurs, another of their 3A Northwest rivals. This will be the season opener for the Minotaurs.

The next home game for the Broncs will be Thursday, Dec. 5, when they take on a long-time rival, the Wickenburg Wranglers. The Wranglers lost their season opener Nov. 26 to the North Phoenix Prep Gladiators, 2-1. The Wranglers are also a 3A Northwest rival. There’s no fire fighter's axe at stake in this game, but the rivalry with Wickenburg is always a strong one for Parker.

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