The Benson High School soccer team, currently ranked eighth in the state with a record of 5-2-1, competed against the Willcox Cowboys and the St. Gregory Hawks during the first week of Benson’s fall break.
The Bobcats hosted the cowboys for the teams’ first match-up of the year on Tuesday, Oct. 2. In the first half, Benson junior Christian Thompson was the first to find the net to give Benson an early lead 1-0. Bobcat senior Fausto Navarro soon added a goal of his own to give the Bobcats a 2-0 lead going into the half. The second half had the cowboys finding the goal with only seconds left on the clock – giving the Bobcats a 2-1 home field victory.
“Our defense played well,” varsity coach Gary Douglas said. “We were able to hold on to the lead through the second half until Willcox scored as the time ran out. We played a very good team, stuck together, and won as a team.”
The Bobcats traveled to Tucson on Friday, Oct. 5, to take on the St. Gregory Hawks. Benson took an early lead with a goal by Navarro. The Bobcats maintained the lead through the second half before the Hawks found the net to tie Benson at the end of regulation time. Two 10-minute overtime halves followed – with neither team able to score. The final score gave the Bobcats and the hawks a tie in the record books.
“After a very well-played game against Willcox earlier in the week, we came out a bit flat in this game,” Coach Douglas said. “St. Gregory is much improved, very physical team. A tie is not a bad result against a good team. Had we capitalized on our chances in regulation time, I think the result would have been different. We had great effort by many players but none more important than by junior Juan Elias who stepped up to play in relief of injured goalkeeper Brando Torres. Juan did a wonderful job keeping us in the game. His willingness to step up and play the most difficult position on the field is a testament to the willingness of this team to do what it takes to succeed.”
“This is a very hard working, coachable group,” Coach Douglas continued. “I am very proud of what we have accomplished thus far this season. We still have a long way to go but we do know that we are up to the challenge.”
The Bobcats competed on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at St. Augustine, however results were not available at press time. Benson is home on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m. against San Miguel, and on Tuesday, Oct 19, at 4 p.m. at Lourdes Catholic.