'Unselfish' play keys Brophy win over Mountain Pointe

'Unselfish' play keys Brophy win over Mountain Pointe


'Unselfish' play keys Brophy win over Mountain Pointe


The ball was being pinged back and forth. Vertical, horizontal, diagonal and in reverse the passes went.

Until, finally, beautifully, the space opened just enough for a shot.

Phoenix Brophy Prep played its possession game to control Friday’s match vs. visiting Phoenix Mountain Pointe and went on to win 3-0.

“Our big thing this year is trying to be unselfish,” Brophy Prep coach Marc Kelly said. “I think when we’re unselfish, we’re able to really combine. And when we combine, we can be dangerous and get after teams pretty easily.”

Senior forward Riggs Lennon, back with Brophy Prep after spending the fall playing for the Real Salt Lake-Arizona U-18 Academy team, scored two goals. One came in the 31st minute when he collected a pass, sidestepped a defender and scored from 11 yards.

Lennon, who wasn’t in residency with RSL-AZ so is still eligible to play high school soccer, tallied his second in the 49th minute from the penalty spot.

It was 2-0 then, but it could have been worse if it weren’t for Mountain Pointe junior goalkeeper Victor Cogco, who made brilliant saves throughout the match.

“You ask your keeper to make the saves that he needs to make in order to keep you in the game,” Mountain Pointe coach Bryan Sabato said. “And he (Cogco) did that for the entire game. I think for a lot of keepers, that’s worse than a 3-0 loss.”

Brophy increased its lead in the 57th minute when Cesar Alcantara and Tyler Dial combined well at midfield to open up space for Dial to send a through ball to David Lane. All Lane had to do was slot the ball into the goal from 12 yards.

“It’s just about having them to really believe that we’re better together than we are as (individuals),” Kelly said. “It was a beautiful combination there for the third goal that was well worth the $2 of admission.”

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