Kings suffer Havasu hangover, hold on against Rams
A different day brought the same results for Cibola. Following a 2-1 overtime loss to San Luis, the Raiders lost their second straight in extra periods, this time 1-0 on Wednesday at Kofa.
Jose Medina scored the Kings' lone goal in the 89th minute to give Kofa the game-winning score. It was a stark turnaround for the Kings, who tallied 20 scores against Lake Havasu on Tuesday night. Kofa coach Jamie Nicewander admitted that his team had suffered a bit of a hangover following the road win.
"We didn't get back to 12:30 (a.m.) last night, guys are in bed at 1 (a.m.)," Nicewander said. "The same thing happens every time we get back late from a game. We saw it in (the Yuma Catholic) tournament, we had to play Mayfair and it was a 0-0 game. Play them again and it's 5-0. Don't get a good night's sleep and it has an effect on you. Getting a good night's sleep is imperative to young athletes."
The Kings set the tempo early with six shots on goal in the first half. But the muddy conditions at Irv Pallack Field made it tough for Kofa to convert more of its opportunities. Standing just 10 yards away from the goal, Colby Carr lined up for an open shot, but was unable to connect after slipping on the turf.
The Raiders closed out the first half with a strong attack, which ended with a 15-yard shot from Andres Esquivel being blocked by Kofa goalkeeper Jorge Valdez. Cibola continued the attack in the second half with two shots on goal in the first five minutes, including one penalty shot.
"In the second half, for the first 20 minutes, they put a barrage (of shots) and we told our players to expect that," Nicewander said. "We told them to wait and take their chances because they're going to get exhausted and they looked like they were done after the first half."
The Kings followed up the Raiders' attack with a barrage of their own, which included eight second-half shots on the goal. Marcos Garcia, after taking a pass from Valdez, brought the ball the length of the field before dishing the ball to Terry Nichols. Nichols took the shot from 12 yards out, but Cibola's goalie made a full-extension save to negate the goal.
"It hurts to lose, but it doesn't hurt when you play that tough against a good team," Cibola coach Victor Preciado said.
The Raiders will play Gila Ridge today and wrap up the season with Yuma High on Friday. The Kings play their season finale against San Luis on Friday in a game that will determine the Gila Valley Region championship.