Cyclones upset Palmer Ridge
The Cyclones boys soccer team made a grand entrance into the new season by upsetting the state’s No. 2 team, Palmer Ridge, 1-0.
Perhaps even more remarkable than shutting out one of the state’s best teams, is the fact that the Cyclones did it with 15 new starters—and on the Bear’s home field.
Needless to say, head coach Rex Harriman was fired up about his new team’s performance.
“Our conditioning was excellent for the beginning of the season,” Harriman said.
“We outlasted Palmer Ridge. We played a possession game, and passed the ball very well. Our guys have really bonded in a hurry, and have learned one another’s tendencies very quickly.”
The Cyclones Jake Baxter scored the only goal with 11 minutes remaining in the game.
Fittingly enough, the assist came from his brother, Sam Baxter.
Coach Harriman also praised Austin Archuleta for his stellar defensive game, and forwards Will Dos Santos and Jaydon Moreschini for superior ball control throughout the game.
Because of the exceptional defensive play, the Cyclones goal keeper, Trevor Emond registered just three official saves, but he also came up huge on several corner kicks to preserve the shut out.
The Cyclones weren’t able to celebrate very long, as they had to gear up for another showdown with conference rival Centennial this past Tuesday (too late to publish results in this edition).
An early season victory would certainly help the Cyclones in their quest to advance to the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season.