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Orange Crush leave foes green with envy as AYSO soccer returns to Williams

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Mercy Gonzales keeps her eye on the ball during girls U8 AYSO soccer action.

<br>Photo/Cathy Grumbine<br> Mercy Gonzales keeps her eye on the ball during girls U8 AYSO soccer action.

WILLIAMS -The American Youth Soccer Organization has officially begun in Williams and the Orange Crush has been kicking some ..., uh, and taking some games.

Yep, it's that time of year again; soccer has begun in Williams. AYSO officially kicked off their summer season on June 27 with away games in Flagstaff.

Games have been scheduled every Saturday in July at the Williams High School practice football field.

Williams AYSO has 11 different age division teams formed and have been playing games since June 27.

"It's exciting to have this many children registered this season," said Williams Coordinator and coach Karre Jo Santana. "This year, of course, is extra special to me since my grandson is playing on the U5 division.

"This all started years ago when his mother, my daughter started playing back 10 years ago. Now it's grown into a 'family tradition' for us."

"I'm coaching my grandson's team which consists of four little four-year-olds, and boy is that a challenge but so rewarding at the same time!" Santana added. "Believe it or not we are undefeated."

At that age group, officially we don't keep score, she said.

"But don't tell those four little soccer wonders that," Santana said.

Their first match was June 27, against the Shooting Rockets.

"Our team, the Orange Crush, crushed the Shooting Rockets," Santana said.

The score was 4-3 and Christian Santana and Jesse Sagor each netting two goals for the Crush.

On July 8 the Orange Crush dampened the Blue Thunder season by posting a 7-4 win.

Christian Santana and Kadance Orozco each hammered home three goals, and Sagor accounted for the other tally.

The Flagstaff Gators tried to put the bite on the Crush July 11, but Santana pounded in four of his team's five goals as the Crush tossed the Gators into a 'croc' pot!

On July 18 the Shooting Rockets fizzled once again, dropping the game by a 10-4 final. Santana led the way with six goals and Sagor and Orozco chipped in two apiece.

The Orange Crush stung the Scorpions July 22 as Santana continued his scoring barrage with five more goals. This time the team's top scorer was Sagor, who scored six goals. Orozco scored three goals and the Scorpios helped the Crush out by accidentally scoring two goals for them, as well. The final was 16-5.

The Raptors went on the attack July 25 but any chance for victory became extinct early on as the Crush roared to a 20-1 thumping.

Leading the way once again was Santana, who scored 11 goals; Sagor, five, and Orozco, four, rounded out the scoring for the Crush.

"This season is special to me since I was fortunate enough to coach my grandson's team and watch him grow into a special person and a gifted soccer player," KarreJo Santana said.

"It meant the world to me this summer to have been able to coach his team and watch him grow into a phenomenal soccer player, especially since he will be moving to Texas in August and I won't be able to have that experience again. I will miss him terribly and hope that he can and will continue his soccer skills and play in Texas!"

The proud grandma added, "It was a pleasure coaching him and his team and we both have grown and learned together which is priceless."

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