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Rosales picks up hat trick for Kings in final minute
With just 30 seconds left on the clock and two goals already under her belt, Abigail Rosales got her hat trick.
Rosales's three goals helped Kofa shut out Yuma High 7-0 on Wednesday night.
“I feel really proud,” Rosales said. “I've been practicing and working for my team. They (teammates) were pushing me really hard so I could move the ball. So it was really rewarding.”
Rosales was the first one to net a goal for the Kings (8-1), scoring off a header in the 26th minute. She scored again in the 49th minute, increasing Kofa's lead to 3-0.
“Abby (Rosales) is a quiet person, she's very reserved, but every game she plays big,” Kofa coach Marisela Velasquez said. “She does a good job in assisting and setting other people up, but she's made a big effort this year in trying to put one in the back of the net when she has the opportunity. So, we encouraged her to do that at halftime — her teammates always do — so she put some nice ones away tonight.”
Velasquez said her team was fired up after their loss to Basha on Tuesday night. It was the Kings' first loss of the season.
“We lost a heartbreaker 1-0 in the last minute yesterday,” Velasquez said. “So it was nice to come back and get some goals in the net. I think the girls just wanted to redeem themselves.”
Rosales agreed, saying the loss only inspired the Kings to up their game.
“That was a big loss for us. But the loss taught us that we have to try harder each practice so we can become better.”
Just 30 seconds after Rosales netted the first goal for Kofa, Leticia Cassilas scored again for the Kings, increasing their lead to 2-0.
Kofa scored five times in the second half — including the two goals from Rosales. Maria Lopez scored in the 58th minute to put the Kings ahead 4-0. Maritza Garcia added another in the 71st minute which was followed up by Jennifer Flores scoring in the 78th minute, giving Kofa a 6-0 lead.
“Kofa is, I think, the best team around Yuma,” Yuma High coach Tom Coxson said. “There were parts where my girls went out there and were playing like it was any other game and there were parts where they were like ‘Oh my goodness, it's Kofa.' Those parts where we were standoffish, Kofa brought it to us. But, other parts we were playing like we can. It was a game on both sides.”
Criminals goalkeeper Paula Covarrubias picked up 14 saves in the game.
“My keeper, Paula Covarrubias, did amazingly well,” Coxson said. “She does every game but she came to this game as well.”
Despite the outcome, Coxson said that this game was just another part of the learning experience for his team.
“I've got a really young team, we've only got four seniors. We've got a few juniors and a lot of sophomores. Moving forward some of the biggest things is just playing experience — and they're getting that. ... It's a work in progress.”