Fighting both wind and foe, Arcadia’s Kate Staudenmaier scored the game’s only goal on a free kick in the 56th minute to knock visiting Marana out of the Division II girls soccer state tournament and carry the Titans into the quarterfinals.
With the game scoreless at the half, Arcadia (11-0, 14-1 overall) picked their game up in the second half, dominating possession of the ball. After the midfielder Staudenmaier was fouled attacking the net just outside the goalie box, she was awarded a free kick since it was outside the box. Staudenmaier composed herself and knocked in the 30-yard kick for the match's lone goal.
Her goal came a few minutes after Arcadia felt it had earned a penalty kick on a previous attack when Megan Hawkins was fouled, but the infraction was ruled to have occurred outside the box.
Abby Schneiber got the shutout for Arcadia, which plays at No. 4 Glendale Apollo on Saturday.
Perry 2, Millennium 0: No. 8 Perry used stifling defense to eliminate No. 9 Goodyear Millennium in the first game Tuesday night at Highland H.S. The Pumas (12-3-2) advance to a Saturday matchup at No. 1 Pinnacle at 2 p.m.
Perry got on the board in the 19th minute when freshman Lauren Hawley crossed the ball to Jensen Gorton to give her team the lead that they sat on most of the night.
On a miscommunication in the 73rd minute, Perry’s Ansley Warner got free up the left sideline and fired a shot into the net from 10 yards out for the insurance goal.
No. 1 Pinnacle 3, No. 16 Corona del Sol 0: The Pioneers made quick work of the Aztecs, advancing to they quarterfinals where they will meet No. 8 Perry, Saturday.
No. 5 Marana Mountain View 4, No. 12 Chandler 0: Try as they might, the Wolves (10-4) were unable to score on the Mountain Lions from down south, resulting in the end of their season.
No. 4 Xavier 2, No. 13 Red Mountain 0: The Gators used their home-field advantage to defeat the Mountain Lions. They will try to do the same Saturday when they square off against No. 5 Marana Mountain View.
No. 7 Kofa 1, No. 10 Chaparral 0: The Firebirds season came to an end after losing in a heartbreaking one-goal shutout on the road. Chandler’s overall record for the season was 12-6-1.
No. 2 Desert Vista 5, No 15 Westview 0: The Thunder had no problems dispatching the visiting Knights in shut-out fashion. They will move on to face No. 7 Kofa at home in the quarterfinals.
No. 3 Catalina Foothills 7, No. 14 Queen Creek 0: On the road and against all odds, the Bulldogs didn’t have enough firepower to keep up with the high-scoring Falcons. With the loss Queen Creek was eliminated from state playoffs, finishing with a overall record of 12-4-1 on the season.
No. 8 Scottsdale Prep 1, No. 9 Yuma Catholic 0: In a hotly contested battle, the Spartans (8-6-1) were able to pull out the victory by the narrowest of margins to advance to the quarterfinals. They will now travel take on No. 1 Verrado, Saturday.
No. 4 Campo Verde 3, No. 13 Williams Field 2: The Coyotes (20-2-1) nearly avoided being upset at home, squeaking by the Black Hawks for the right to play at No. 5 Fountain Hills in the second round.
No. 11 Catalina Magnet 7, No. 6 Seton Catholic 3: Despite being the favorites coming in to their matchup with the Trojans, the host Pirates were eliminated from the state tournament. Seton Catholic finished 9-4-1 overall.