PHS girls soccer

Parker’s Ariana Welsh (12) vies with Kingman’s Kayla Hernandez for the ball in the first half of the Broncs’ 13-0 loss to Kingman on Jan. 13. Backing up Welsh are Raelee Merritt (2) and Christina Blanker (4).

There’s a new sports team at Parker High this year. The Broncs are fielding their first ever girls’ soccer team. They are an independent team in the 3A conference, and they are 0-3 on the season. They have yet to score a goal in regular season play. However, Coach Lonnie Lewis and Assistant Coach Courtney Kom both say the team is working hard and improving. They are also laying the foundation for a solid program in the future.

The Broncs played the Kingman Bulldogs Friday, Jan. 13 at home, and they played what Lewis called their best half ever, holding the Bulldogs to four goals. The second half was another story. Within 11 minutes of the 40-minute half, the Bulldogs scored six goals to take a commanding 10-0 lead.

With Kingman ahead 13-0, the game was called midway through the second half with the “mercy rule” was invoked.

Lewis acknowledged this was the Broncs’ first season with a girls’ soccer team. He said that, despite their record, he admired how the girls worked together and continued to learn and improve their game.

“This is their first season, and they are really pushing themselves,” he said. “I have 11 girls who play every game. They are learning the sport and getting better.”

“Our ladies are working hard,” Kom said. “They are continuing to grow.”

The Bronc girls’ next home game will be at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17. This will be part of a double-header, with the boys’ game following.


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