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Brophy tops Hamilton to reach semifinas but loses goalkeeper

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Posted: Saturday, February 2, 2013 4:41 pm | Updated: 5:46 pm, Sat Feb 2, 2013.

For the third straight year Hamilton and Brophy were on a collision course for the Division I Boys soccer championship.

The past two seasons the teams met in the state championship with Hamilton winning last year and Brophy the year before.

This year they met a little earlier with the quarterfinals Saturday and Brophy defeated No. 8 seed Hamilton, 4-1, on Saturday afternoon.

The No. 1-seeded Broncos now advance to Thursday's semifinals against No. 5 Tolleson at 7 p.m. at Campo Verde High School.

"We have been better then we were today, ultimately when you get down you start pressing and take risks and chances you would not otherwise. You don't play for a tie," Hamilton coach Nick Markette said. "We have a young team we will be back."

Playing on its home artificial turf field, Brophy came out and took a 2-0 lead to take control early. Riggs Lennon scored on a free kick and Oliver Shanks followed to give them the all-important two-goal lead.

Hamilton's bright spot came when Luis Manta scored to cut the lead to 2-1 in the first half as he went over to the Huskies' crowd to fire them up.

With 1:39 left in the first half Brophy goalkeeper Michael O'Connor suffered a head injury on a collision with a Hamilton player and went down. After a half-hour delay he left on a stretcher. Phil Mourikes came on in the second half and did a stellar job shutting out the Huskies.

"I went out their and (O'Connor) was out," said Brophy coach Marc Kelly, who said it's likely O'Connor won't play Thursday.

"It was a good result with a very good team, I like playing Hamilton and it was the first time we played them on our field," Kelly said.

Lennon added two more assists in the second half with goals from Colin Zaccaganio and Alex Brogilo.

"I have played Hamilton for three straight years, and we used the home field today, and as a senior I was happy to get to big assists and get the win and have a chance at the state championship," Lennon said. "We know as always Hamilton gives us a battle."

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