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They pushed, shoved and knocked each other all around. Both sides took turns being incredulous at the officiating. Scoring chances were rare, and, naturally, the only goal was deflected in off a player from each team.
No. 8 Gilbert (14-6, 8-0) has won seven consecutive games and is streaking toward its second consecutive Fiesta Region girls soccer title.
No surprises. Not this year. In the first season of seeding for 4A and 5A state championship soccer brackets based on power points, the system has worked to near perfection, pitting the best teams against each other in the later rounds.
Just because you control a game — even dominate — doesn’t mean you win. Ask Dobson.
Who’s going to win the 5A Division I girls soccer championship? Who knows. The popular vote this week went to defending champion Xavier, and the No. 1-seeded Gators have shown themselves as perhaps a half-notch better than the rest the majority of the season.
Kali Harmon and Brittany Kaminski read off the names on their Gilbert girls soccer roster, a laundry list of cleated casualties this season:
As a middle blocker on the 5A state champion volleyball team, Jessica Elley is used to batting away difficult shots by the opposition.
It took four games, the last taking two hours and 45 minutes before Chandler Hamilton finally got past its region rival Gilbert. The Huskies waited for the right time, the first round of the state playoffs.
January 18, 2005
Goals came in spurts twice Wednesday night in the 5A Division I girls soccer semifinal between top-seed Corona del Sol and No. 4 seed Gilbert.
Gilbert girls soccer coach Ben Holzer preaches to his players to strive for the best-case scenario while playing the ball on offense.
If some new blood can enter the girls soccer scene this season, the winter months could offer even more of a refresher beyond this chilly air.
January 21, 2005
Gilbert was a surprise team last season that survived an injury to its top goalkeeper to capture the Fiesta Region title, reach the state quarterfinals and compile a 15-5-1 record.