The Parker Broncs soccer team closed out their 2021 season March 1 with a 10-2 loss to the St. John Paul II Lions. However, Broncs’ Coach Lonnie Lewis told his players he did not want them to go home feeling defeated. He said they had overcome all kinds of obstacles this season and were a much better team than they had been when the season began.
The Lions’ offense was all over the Broncs March 1, and, by half-time, they had a 6-1 lead. Just after the second half started, with 38:39 left to play, Parker’s Divit Baja, who scored both of Parker’s goals, put one in the net to cut the lead to 6-2. That would be as close as the Broncs would get. After the Lions had built up a 10-2 lead, the officials ended the game with 3:32 left to play after the “mercy rule” was invoked.
When the game was over, the players gathered at their bench for a post-game, end-of-season talk from Lewis. He told them they had fought hard, and they had grown a lot during the season.
“Don’t go home defeated tonight,” he told them. “I’m proud of you. You faced every obstacle imaginable, and you fought.”
Lewis had earlier spoke of this team’s inexperience. Most of them are freshmen and sophomores. They also have players who had never played competitively before.
As for the off-season, Lewis said he’d like to start a soccer club. He’d also like to get his players to camps where they can learn more about playing the game.
The Broncs finished the 2021 season with a record of 1-7 against their 3A Northwest opponents and a 1-12 record overall. While they finished in last place in the 3A Northwest. While they had some games there were blowouts, they had others that were close, including a 5-4 overtime loss the River Valley Feb. 4. When they faced the top team in the region, the Northwest Christian Crusaders, Feb. 27, they made a game of it in a 4-0 loss.
Here are the final standings of the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s 3A Northwest region. Teams are listed by their record in the region, record against 3A teams, and overall record.
Northwest Christian: 8-0, 11-0-1, 11-0-1
Bourgade Catholic: 6-1, 11-1-1, 11-1-1
North Phoenix Preparatory: 6-2, 6-5, 6-5
Anthem Prep: 4-2-1, 7-4-1, 7-4-1
Page: 3-5, 3-7, 3-7; in fifth place due to 1-0 record against Glendale Prep.
Glendale Prep: 3-5, 3-9, 3-10; in sixth place due to 0-1 record against Page.
River Valley: 2-6, 2-7, 2-9
Wickenburg: 1-6, 1-8, 1-8
PARKER: 1-7, 1-12, 1-12