Pinnacle's girls soccer team faced an uphill battle Friday night, taking on state power Tucson Catalina Foothills in the semifinals of the Horizon Invitational Tournament.
Unfortunately for the Pioneers, they came out on the losing end of that battle in a 4-2 loss to the Falcons at Horizon High School.
"That was probably our worst game yet," said Pinnacle coach Kevin Rathkey. "But considering that was our worst game, for the most part we still hung with them."
A second-half scoring outburst by Catalina Foothills proved to be the difference, as the score went from 1-1 at halftime to 4-1 in favor of the Falcons in a span of just 13 minutes.
Two of the Falcons' three goals during that stretch came on penalty kicks.
"I was not too happy with the PK (penalty kick) calls," Rathkey said. "Any time three of the five goals come on penalty kicks, something's fishy."
Pinnacle's first goal also came by way of the penalty kick, after Pioneer midfielder Anna Clark was taken down from behind while pivoting for a shot attempt. Clark buried her penalty kick in the lower right corner of the net, evening the score at 1-1 just before the half.
Pinnacle's Chloe Hansen wrapped up the scoring on a partial breakaway in the 80th minute, while Sam Monahan scored twice for the Falcons.
Catalina Foothills advanced to today's championship to take on Tucson Flowing Wells, which defeated Flagstaff 4-0 in Friday's other semifinal match.
Pinnacle will play Flagstaff at noon in the consolation match.