CHS Soccer Picks Up “Battle of Ironwood” Win v. Poston Butte

Trinity Glandon, Staff Writer

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For the first time in since 2015 the varsity boys soccer team beat the Poston Butte Broncos. Games against Poston are part of at three-team rivalry between CHS, Poston Butte and Apache Junction. The game was a big deal for the team as head coach Oscar Guardado previously coached at PBHS for four years before coming to Combs.

“Like I told the boys, they have never won a game against Poston Butte so we are about to change history. It means a lot to me because it’s the first game to this beautiful competition that we’re going to have for now on,” said Coach Guardado.  I want when Poston Butte comes here to know we mean business. I’m excited for the boys and extremely happy for them,” 

The Coyotes’  struck with a goal by junior Blake Foster. Poston played hard, but the Coyotes played harder scoring again in the first half by sophomore Abdoul Djoubeirou.

“Poston was doing what we were doing, but we were doing it at a faster pace and we won,” said Djoubeirou. I scored one and I ripped it, that’s what counts.” 

Senior Adrian Alcaraz, who is playing for his third head coach in three years, has stuck with the team through some lean seasons that included no wins against the Broncos.

“This game means a lot as being a senior here, playing Poston is always such a big game for us, we knew coming to this game was going to be a fight, we knew we’ve had some history with these players. Some of them have been here at our school and transferred over, but we knew it was a battle on who can play the system, who can step up and be a leader,” said Alcaraz. “But what was most important about today’s win was we played as a brotherhood.”

Captain Kai Brady said that even though the Coyotes held an early lead, they weren’t sticking to the game plan. Once half time came around the Coyotes picked it up and played their game and were able to score two more goals to seal the win, 4-3.

Four goals are a season-high for goals in a game for the Coyotes. But the boys have high hopes and want to go farther.

“We gotta keep doing what we’re doing and we will make it to state,” said Djoubeirou.

 

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