Girls soccer: Palo Verde 9, Amphitheater 0: Stokes has 3 goals in Palo Verde Invite win

2012-12-21T00:00:00Z Girls soccer: Palo Verde 9, Amphitheater 0: Stokes has 3 goals in Palo Verde Invite winAndrew Cockrum Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
December 21, 2012 12:00 am  • 

When Jasmine Stokes began playing for Palo Verde as a freshman, she set a goal to finish her high school career with at least 100 goals.

With one month remaining in her senior season, Stokes has hit that feat and more.

One day after passing Kennadi Stogsdill's school record of 107 career goals, Stokes netted three more goals Thursday in a 9-0 win over visiting Amphitheater in pool play of the Palo Verde Invitational.

She now has 112 goals.

"It was really exciting," said Stokes. "To hear that I broke the girls record and scored more than that, I'm really proud of myself."

Even with three goals, Stokes said Thursday wasn't her best performance because she was dealing with allergies caused by the wind throughout the game.

"I was a little frustrated at first," said Stokes. "Nothing was going my way. I'd take a bad touch and was taking bad shots."

The Titans put pressure on Amphi from the start, peppering shots on the Panthers goal in the first 10 minutes. But the team hit the crossbar twice and pushed a few shots just wide.

"It was almost like a force field was in front of their goal for a while," said Palo Verde coach Jim Mentz.

Stokes got the Titans on the board early when she broke through the Panthers defense in the 13th minute for the first goal.

After a score in the 33rd minute by Dominique Smock, Stokes converted on two more shots to give the Titans a 4-0 advantage at halftime.

Lesly Vazquez scored a pair of goals in the second half, and Theresa Agbuya, Marimar Torres and Aileen Torres each added one as the Titans (8-1) cruised to their second straight win.

Palo Verde plays Nogales tonight at 6:15. If the Titans win, they would advance to Saturday's title game.

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