LOCAL GLANCE Dec. 5: Prep soccer, wrestling
Three games into his second season as Yuma High girls soccer coach, Tom Coxson has grabbed a signature win.
Yuma High topped San Luis 4-1 on Wednesday behind three goals from Daisy Rodriguez, the first win against anyone other than Lake Havasu in Coxson's tenure. The win was the second on the year, doubling the win totals for the Criminals (2-1) from last year.
“This is a huge win for us,” Coxson said of the win over the Sidewinders, who have been playoff contenders the past few seasons. “The girls are energized. We all feel it. This team is better than we were last year.”
The game was scoreless in the first half until Rodriguez scored. After San Luis tied the game, Rodriguez scored again to give the Crims the lead for good.
Eli Caro had an assist and a penalty kick goal for the Criminals.
PREP BOYS SOCCER
Gila Ridge edges Yuma Catholic
Gila Ridge slipped past Yuma Catholic Wednesday for a 2-1 win.
Danny Andrade and Raul Lomeli had goals for the Hawks.
San Luis routs Imperial
The front line for San Luis provided six goals as the Sidewinders crushed Imperial 13-0 on Wednesday.
The Sidewinders got two goals each from forwards Leonardo Moreno, Victor Baez and Heriberto Ramirez. Raul Ordorica and Andres Rosales had a goal and two assists each.
Gila Ridge sweeps at Raymond Kellis
Eleven Gila Ridge wrestlers went 3-0 as the Hawks won three matches at Raymond Kellis on Wednesday.
The Hawks beat the hosts 66-12, Peoria 70-4 and Apollo 62-12.
Nathan Mendivil (103), Levi Riley (145) Sam Kuckuk (170) and Kainoa Ranaud (220) had three pins.
“We got a lot of boys who work hard,” coach Dave King said. “Yuma was represented well.”
Yuma High 2-1 at Independence
Barely a week ago, Yuma High beat Glendale by three.
On Wednesday, the Cardinals got a one-point win.
The 32-31 loss was the only blemish for the Criminals, who beat host Independence 60-15 and La Joya 57-15.
“The difference was we didn't get pins when we needed them and we got pinned when we needed to avoid it,” coach Jeff Welsing said. “It was a great match. Unfortunately we just came up on the short end.”
Kodi Doerr (106), Leo Salcedo (113), Cade Kottenbrook (138), Carlos Vargas (145) and Andreus Gomez (220) went 3-0 for the Criminals.