A suggestion at halftime from Brophy soccer coach Marc Kelly got through to Esteban Obregon. The senior midfielder put the words of wisdom in practice quickly in the second half and the result was the deciding goal for top-seed Brophy in the 5A-I championship match against No. 2 seed Hamilton.
Obregon assisted Kyle Seeger for the only goal of the night Saturday giving Brophy a 1-0 victory over Hamilton at Campo Verde High School.
Kofa High does not get to travel to the Valley much these days due to Yuma budget limitations, but the Kings first trip to the metro Phoenix area this season came close to being a remarkable one.
The fifth-seeded Kings fought off a first-half onslaught of chances and a two-goal deficit late to No.1 seed Brophy before falling in the final three minutes to the Broncos, 4-3, in a 5A-I boys soccer semifinal at Campo Verde High School.
After watching the first half of Hamilton and Salpointe in the 5A-I boys soccer quarterfinals the advantage was clearly to Hamilton. The only problem was the Huskies lacked a goal to show for it.
No. 2 seed Hamilton remedied that problem 12 minutes into the second half Saturday and posted a hard-fought 1-0 win over the No. 7 seeded Lancers at Red Mountain Soccer Complex.
Juno Boyd came to Arizona and Perry High from Alaska so perhaps it is fitting someone from a state known for frigid temperatures would decide the first-round 5A-II boys soccer playoff game Wednesday played in Alaska-type weather.