A Flagstaff Eagles freshman decided that her first career goal felt so good that she'd add another.
Lexi Taylor finished with two goals, putting the Eagles on the board with her first-ever time finding the back of the net, and No. 4-ranked 4A Conference Flagstaff toppled the Lee Williams Volunteers on Friday for a home victory, 5-1, bouncing back strong from its first loss of the season.
Flagstaff opened the Grand Canyon Region part of its schedule with the win over the 10th-ranked Volunteers, who entered the match undefeated.
Brisa Arangure scored the second goal for Flagstaff (6-1), and Karina Fuhrmann added one, as the Eagles were coming off a road loss to No. 3 4A Arcadia.
Flagstaff has five regular-season matches remaining, all against region opponents. It plays Bradshaw Mountain on the road on Tuesday.
BEARS 3, PANTHERS 2
Coconino scored a couple goals in the second half but failed to catch up with Bradshaw Mountain in Prescott Valley, dropping its Grand Canyon Region opener on Friday.
The 4A Panthers, ranked No. 20 entering the match, got on board in the second half with a penalty kick and Jose Cedillo made it 3-2. Coconino trailed 2-0 at the break against the No. 11-ranked Bears.
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Coconino (2-3-2) is away for its next match against Lee Williams on Wednesday.
EAGLES 5, VOLUNTEERS 1
Flagstaff won its region opener on the road, beating Lee Williams after scoring three goals in the opening half.
Flagstaff (7-1) entered the match ranked No. 5 in the 4A power-points listings.
The Eagles play next at home when they take on Bradshaw Mountain at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Division III Coconino has one wrestler still in the hunt for gold at the prestigious 56th annual Doc Wright Invitational that wraps up today.
Pedro Billups, competing at 120 pounds this year after winning the title at 106 pounds a year ago, started 4-0 with all falls, including a 23-3 tech fall in the quarterfinal round of the championship bracket.
Panthers 126-pounder Cooper French, a freshman, went 4-1 on Friday, the opening day of the invite. He ended with three pins as he competes in the consultation rounds. Teammate Tony Hernandez, at 106, recorded two decisions and had a bye before falling in the quarters of the champ bracket.
A handful of other Panthers are still competing in the consultation brackets as well.