Boys soccer state semifinals: Salpointe Catholic 6, Queen Creek 0: Lancers rip Queen Creek, advance to final

2013-02-08T00:00:00Z Boys soccer state semifinals: Salpointe Catholic 6, Queen Creek 0: Lancers rip Queen Creek, advance to finalChuck Constantino Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 08, 2013 12:00 am  • 

PHOENIX - Salpointe Catholic displayed its offensive dominance in a 6-0 win over Queen Creek in the Division II state semifinals Thursday night.

The defending state champions, who are seeded fourth, will take a 14-game winning streak into Saturday's Division II state final against No. 14 Glendale Apollo. The game is at 1 p.m. at Gilbert Campo Verde High School.

Sophomore Gavino Carranza got the Lancers off to a quick start at Phoenix Paradise Valley High School, with his first of three goals coming in the seventh minute when he scored on a rebound after a deflected shot.

"I try to contribute to the seniors a lot because this is their last year and if I have my opportunities, I finish," Carranza said.

Twelve minutes later, Carranza crossed from the left side to the center to junior Will Martin. Martin connected to give the Lancers a 2-0 lead.

In the 35th minute Carranza ripped a shot from about 20 yards to score. The goal came off an assist from senior T.J. Hope, his 15th of the season.

Five minutes later, with just 15 seconds remaining in the first half, senior captain Colin O'Brien scored his 18th goal of the year off an assist from senior captain Christian Garcia.

"We have been on somewhat of a magical run in the playoffs," Salpointe coach Wolfgang Weber said. "We have scored six goals in every game we played. That's a real credit to those kids."

Four minutes after halftime, Hope scored his 28th goal of the season with his left foot off a double move and touch pass assist from O'Brien.

Carranza completed his hat trick in the 60th minute, giving him 17 goals on the season.

Salpointe ended the game on a 20-minute scoring drought, its longest of the game.

Not to be lost in the offensive show, the Lancers posted their 11th shutout of the season.

"I think it's been overlooked because we have scored 122 goals on the season, that we have only given up 24 goals in 27 games," said Weber, who is in his 31st season at the helm of the Lancers. "I think we have come to the realization that we need to come out with real passion and desire to play. We have done that consistently now."

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