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  • Boys state soccer: Highland upsets No. 2 seed Pinnacle in quarterfinals

    Hunter Figueroa felt like the Highland Hawks were a bit underestimated coming into the Division I quarterfinal contest against the Pinnacle Pioneers.So what he did about it on Saturday afternoon to defeat the No. 2 seed 4-1 might garner some attention from the remaining teams in DI.“I had a few chances today. The one (which ricocheted off of the Pioneers keeper) was just a right place – right time scenario. Then the pass from Peysen (Webster) out of the back was just a spectacular cross,” added the senior Figueroa.His 17th goal of the season was the easiest just a one versus goalie break-a-way with just under 2 minutes to play to complete the Hat-trick.The Hawks and Pioneers played an evenly distributed first half, 6-5 in shots on goal and 4-3 in corner kicks but neither side could get one into the back of the net.Goalies Jacob Faircloth and Noah Nguyen were impressive in the first 40 minutes. The Pioneers had only surrendered 29 goals in 23 games entering the match.

  • Soccer roundup: Hamilton tops Corona

    The Hamilton and Corona del Sol boys soccer could have very easily been a state title match.The bracket gods - and some struggles down the stretch by No. 6 Corona del Sol - didn't allow that to happen so the two talented programs met in the Division I quarterfinals instead.It ended up being a great contest as it was tied at 2 after regulation and overtime.The third-seeded Huskies prevailed on penalty kicks 4-3 to advance to the quarterfinals.In the Division IV girls quarterfinal action, eighth-seeded Valley Christian lost 4-1 to No. 1 River Valley.Schedule

  • Boys state soccer: Scoring barrage leads Gilbert past Tolleson

    An early offensive push from Gilbert proved to be too much for Tolleson to handle, as the Tigers beat the Wolverines 5-1 Saturday in front of a lively home crowd to advance to the semifinal round of the Division I boys soccer playoffs.Gilbert came out the gate aggressive, using its size and speed advantage to put the pressure on Tolleson, which allowed the Tigers to get eight shots on goal in the first half.Gilbert coach Jeff Perry said that pressure was the key for his team coming into the game.“We knew they were going to try and keep it, so we tried to put them under a lot of pressure, and tried to get them to turn the ball over on their own end,” he said. “Our work rate was good, our effort was good. For us that’s a big battle … make sure we work hard and make sure that we set the tone of the game.”The scoring started early for Gilbert, as junior midfielder Danny Baca scored the first of his two goals for the Tigers less than three minutes into the game. He finished with two goals.Junior forward Zach Hellmann would add on another two goals for the Tigers, who are brimming with confidence coming off this latest win.

  • Girls state soccer: Desert Vista routs Chaparral in state quarterfinals

    Saturday afternoon saw a rematch of last year’s quarterfinals with the third-seeded Desert Vista Thunder (19-3-1) taking on the sixth-seeded Chaparral Firebirds (15-4-2) and, although it’s been 12 months since the last time they faced each other, there was a similar outcome on the field.Only 30 seconds into the match, senior forward Tatum Heeres scored the first goal in Desert Vista’s 4-1 win.Seven minutes later, the Firebirds would strike back when junior forward Tatum Richards found the back of the net.The game was tied at 1-1, but not for long.Aggressive defensive plays led to a free kick for the Thunder at the ninth minute of the first half and they capitalized.Junior captain Izzy Deustch scored with a straight-ahead kick, putting Desert Vista up 2-1. Heeres then scored her second goal of the game at the 18th minute to put the Thunder up 3-1. The Thunder never looked back.

  • Boys state soccer: Desert Vista continues tournament run

    Desert Vista, an unlikely participant as the No. 16-seed, took on No. 8 Campo Verde in the Division I quarterfinals with the Thunder coming out on top 2-1 Saturday.“I don’t want them to be robotic I want them to play soccer in a creative way and create some magic,” said Desert Vista coach Mark Wilson,Right from the start it was clear that both teams desperately wanted the win. Campo Verde junior midfielder John Halter scored on a corner kick in the 27th minute of the first half to take a 1-0 lead.“We got scored on at first and it was heart breaking but during halftime we regrouped and stuck to our game plan and worked as hard as we could to overcome the goal,” said Desert Vista sophomore defender Jordan HallDuring the first half, yellow cards were given out left and right to both teams. The game ended with Desert Vista having four and Coyotes having four.“Depending on who we play it’s a physical game by nature and at practice I tell the boys to beat the crap out of each other because that is how the real games are going to be played so get physical with each other,” Wilson said.

  • Girls state soccer: Coyotes fall to No. 1 Xavier in OT

    In an electrifying quarterfinal game that went down to the wire, freshman forward Allison Broderick scored a goal with 3:41 left in the first period of overtime to lift the Xavier College Preparatory Gators 2-1 over the Campo Verde Coyotes.The game was tight and physical the whole way through.It was so physical that two Campo Verde players had to leave the game with undisclosed injuries: sophomore forward Kyla Galdos with 19 minutes left in the first period, and sophomore midfielder/forward Maddy Wolf late in overtime.Going into the game, Galdos was the second leading goal scorer for Campo Verde. Coach Rosie Headley stressed to her team that whoever replaces Galdos has to give massive effort."I told them whoever goes in for her has to step up and fulfill her role on the field," said Headley, 26. "I think the girls I put in did just that."Losing a star player didn't keep Campo Verde from battling.

  • Girls state soccer: Coyotes fall to No. 1 Xavier in OT

    In an electrifying quarterfinal game that went down to the wire, freshman forward Allison Broderick scored a goal with 3:41 left in the first period of overtime to lift the Xavier College Preparatory Gators 2-1 over the Campo Verde Coyotes.The game was tight and physical the whole way through.It was so physical that two Campo Verde players had to leave the game with undisclosed injuries: sophomore forward Kyla Galdos with 19 minutes left in the first period, and sophomore midfielder/forward Maddy Wolf late in overtime.Going into the game, Galdos was the second leading goal scorer for Campo Verde. Coach Rosie Headley stressed to her team that whoever replaces Galdos has to give massive effort."I told them whoever goes in for her has to step up and fulfill her role on the field," said Headley, 26. "I think the girls I put in did just that."Losing a star player didn't keep Campo Verde from battling.

  • Girls state soccer: Perry falls on penalty kicks to Desert Mountain

    Perry girls soccer coach John Roberts knew this year his team could possibly be something special. He thought it could end in a deeper run than last year’s quarterfinal finish.But, for the second straight year, the Pumas’ season came to a close to the same team that knocked them out last year.No. 2 Perry once again couldn’t find a way past No. 7 Desert Mountain, falling to the Wolves 1-1 (3-1) in penalty kicks.Down 1-0, sophomore forward Perry's Remmi Deutsch tied the game at 1-1 with 15 minutes left in the first half on an assist from sophomore midfielder Amanda Dahl.“I think we played really well,” Roberts said. “Once we went one man down, that forced us to change our strategy for a bit, but even then we still played very well…we just couldn’t find the net.”The Pumas (18-3-3) lost senior defender Lauren Hawley roughly 10 minutes into the second half due to a red card.

  • Sectional wrestling: Ellmore powers way to title, Toros qualify 13

    Andre Ellmore pounded the head of his opponent, and pounded it some more before finally getting the setup he wanted.Then the athleticism of the Desert Ridge 220-pounder flashed for a takedown, and then another before finally getting the pin for the Division I, Section III individual title to grab a top four seed at next week’s state tournament.It feels like forever to Ellmore since he stepped on a mat in Prescott Valley with an opportunity to get compete against the best.And when he returns this time – after missing out on most of the wrestling season because of a broken wrist sustained in football – Ellmore is back for more and has a good chance to earning a state champion that eluded him in football.“I just go,” Ellmore said of his style. “I just keep going after (the opponent) until I get what I want.”It’s worked to the tune of a 28-0 record after Saturday’s championship run that included a pin of Mesa’s Frank Salinas in the finals in 3:43.

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