Shannon Desmond scored four goals to lead Seton Catholic to a 5-0 win over Fountain Hills in the semifinal round of the 1A-3A girls state soccer tournament at Tempe Sports Complex on Saturday.
The Sentinels (17-4) will meet Tempe Prep (21-2), who won its semifinal against Sahuarita 2-1 in a shootout after two scoreless overtime periods.
Seton dominated play, staying on the attack the entire game.
Desmond scored two of her goals on long shots, the other two coming on corner kicks from Nicole Celestino.
“Nicole’s doing great from the outside,” Desmond said. “She’s getting the passes in there.
“It’s all about the other guys. The passing and moving is great.”
Jessica Lopez nailed a goal late in the first half to lead 4-0.
Falcon goalie Andie Brookhouse had 24 saves to slow the Sentinel onslaught. The freshman seemed unfazed by the pressure.
“That’s one of the fun games for goalies,” Brookhouse said, “but it’s frustrating because you think you should have gotten all the shots.”
Fountain Hills (8-6) lost its earlier meeting to Seton 10-0 so coach Jean Serrano said the Falcons had shown improvement. She lauded the play of all-region players Brookhouse and sweeper Daniella Serrano.
In the afternoon’s first match, The Lady Knights trailed 3-1 in the penalty kicks before goalkeeper Erica Jones, who had moved to goal just for the penalty kicks, stopped Sahuarita three straight times.
“Erica is the senior,” said coach Peter Bezanson, noting that he’d never faced a penalty kick tiebreaker in five years of coaching. “If the season is going to end, I wanted it to be on her watch.”
“I was ready,” Jones said. “I’ve been practicing PK’s for a long time but never had to see them. But as a senior, I was ready.”
Alex Ncube kicked the winning penalty kick to give Tempe Prep another shot at Seton, who it lost to in last year’s state championship game. The Lady Knights, the only 1A team competing in soccer, lost 5-0 to the Sentinels earlier this season.