Senior goalkeeper Laura DeMers, in orange, leads the celebration after Catalina Foothills won its fourth straight state title and eighth in 11 years.
Foothills players Michelle O'Hara, right, and Sydnie Chittum battle Apollo's Garrin Nash for the ball during the second half.
Foothills' Aleah Strength, left, tries to reach for the ball past Michelle Pichardo in the first half of the Falcons' 3-0 win in the state title match.
GILBERT - The nerves were present, and the expectations were high.
When he isn't playing midfield for Catalina Foothills, Jack Ferguson is often updating his fantasy football roster.
Jack Ferguson has been a starter on the Catalina Foothills soccer team since the day he walked onto the field as a freshman four years ago. Now that he's a senior, Falcons coach Julie Walters has one problem.
At Catalina Foothills, the Tigers (4-6) recovered three fumbles and held the Falcons (0-10) scoreless over the final three quarters to earn the win.
At Ironwood Ridge, the Nighthawks (9-0) used a strong rushing attack and a stingy defense to handily defeat the Falcons (0-9). QB Tyler Williams opened the scoring with a 57-yard scamper, one of six rushing TDs on the night.
At Catalina Foothills, Mountain View (5-3) snapped its two-game losing streak with a shutout victory over the Falcons (0-8).
Canyon del Oro coach Dusty Peace will give it to you straight. He'll admit that CDO's homecoming football game on Friday night - a 37-21 win over Catalina Foothills - lacked the intensity so prevalent in years past.
At Foothills, the Bobcats (3-1) were down early in the first quarter before scoring 33 straight points. The Bobcats offense gained 368 yards, and the defense forced three turnovers.
At Salpointe, the Lancers (3-1) put up 44 points in the first quarter and dominated on defense in a shutout of the Falcons (0-3). Junior quarterback Cameron Denson scored two early rushing TDs, and the defense forced a safety to take a 16-0 lead.