Soccer: MP vs Copper Canyon

Pride's John Abercrombie (11) is challenged by Aztecs' defense during the championship game in the maroon bracket between Mountain Pointe Pride and Copper Canyon Aztecs at the Arizona Soccer Showcase at Reach 11 Sports Complex on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.

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The Mountain Pointe boys soccer team has had its moment this season.

Not enough for Pride coach Bryan Sabato, but what coach is ever truly satisfied? Not many, but at least Sabato can enter the new year knowing his team is starting to put enough good minutes together to win a string of matches.

The Pride did just that this week at the Arizona Soccer Showcase, going 6-0, and finished it off Tuesday morning by winning the Maroon Bracket title with a penalty kick victory over Copper Canyon after regulation ended in a 1-1 tie.

“We still have a long way to go as we are struggling with consistency,” Sabato said. “We played six games this week and I am not entirely sure we played a full 80 minutes, but on the flip side of it we are finding ways to win games we are not playing our best in.

“We are finding a way to get a good result and you have to happy about that.”

It took penalty kicks as the Pride won 3-2 when sophomore Andrew Perez, who was brought up from junior varsity recently, got the game winner after Riley Beiderbeck and Dallin Whitfield got it started.

“We haven’t had a lot of success so far this season and this is going to help out a lot,” said junior John Abercrombie, who scored the Pride’s goal in regulation.

Pride goalie Victor Cogco turned away two attempts to secure the win.

“It’s difficult and you have 50-50 chance,” he said. “You have to read the players, look at their eyes and try to intimidate. It’s was huge for us and now we go into the second half with a ‘W.’

The Pride have a tough schedule with Desert Vista, Brophy and Mesa in the coming weeks, but the performance over the last six matches will help the growing process.

“It’s a great tournament to win but the bigger thing is we have eight power point games left,” Sabato said. “We are 2-2 right now and I am not sure if 8-4 will get us in the playoffs so we have to play extremely well the rest of the way and winning this can only help us.”

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