The Parker Broncs’ soccer team lost to the Tonopah Valley Phoenix, 7-4, Dec. 17 in Parker, but Coach Lonnie Lewis said the team played well despite the loss.
The Broncs got a goal from Fernando Gonzalez early in the game, but their offense didn’t really come alive until the middle of the second half. With the Broncs down 5-1, Uriah Martinez put one in the net with 22:06 left in the game. This was followed by a penalty shot goal from Julio Salcido with 17:52 left that pulled the Broncs within two goals of the Phoenix, 5-3.
The Phoenix turned right around and put two goals of their own in the net, one with 17:07 left and the other two minutes later with 15:05 left to take a 7-3 lead and restore their four-goal lead.
The final goal of the game came with 14:22 left, when Orlando Vega put one in the net for the Broncs to make the final score Tonopah Valley 7, Parker 4.
Lewis said the team did well, and noted they had several players out for various reasons.
“They did really good overall,” he said. “They fought hard. They are good kids, and they’re smart.”
Lewis said there was something Parker High fans could do for the team.
“We need to get more people to come out and watch us play,” he said. He added that would do wonders for the team’s morale.
In additional soccer news, Lewis and Junior Varsity Coach Victor Cuadras said the JV team won their first game before the varsity game.
The Broncs are now 2-1 against their 3A Northwest region rivals, 2-2 against other 3A teams and 2-4 overall. The game against Tonopah Valley marked their final regular season game before the winter break and the start of 2020.
The Broncs will play in the Bohdie Larsen Celebration Classic Jan. 2 in Chandler.
Their next regular season game will be Jan. 13, when they take on a perennial powerhouse, the Yuma Catholic Shamrocks at home. The Shamrocks won four straight state titles from 2015 to 2018, but they are off to a rough start this year. As of Dec. 20, they are 1-2 overall.
Game time at Joe Bush Stadium on Jan. 13 will be 6 p.m.