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Kofa narrowly defeats Yuma in boys soccer

YUMA, Ariz. - Recently history of the Kofa-Yuma rivalry in prep boys soccer hasn't been very kind to the Criminals. The last time Kofa didn't defeat Yuma was back in 2012, when both teams played to a scoreless draw.

Since Juan Lerma took over the Crims program this season, the navy and white are playing with more discipline and effort; even though they still haven't had a victory to their credit so far.

The Yuma Criminals might have taken a big step in their turnaround efforts Tuesday night, as they hosted their arch-rivals.

The match would prove to be almost as low scoring as the one that ended in a draw back in 2012. Kofa spent much of the night pressing on the Crims defense and taking their shots.

For the most part, the Crims would hold. But with less than 10 minutes to go in the first half, Gavin Nicewander would score the only goal of the entire match. This would transpire after the initial shot by Francisco Garcia was stopped and put in on the rebound by Nicewander.

Kofa might have come away with the 1-nil win, but Yuma might have gained a lot of confidence going forward.


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