Girls soccer: Foothills seeking 4th straight title

2013-02-08T00:00:00Z Girls soccer: Foothills seeking 4th straight titleAndrew Cockrum Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 08, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Catalina Foothills will be in familiar territory Saturday morning.

For the fourth consecutive year, the Falcons are one win from the state title. They have won the last three.

"It's something that we set a goal to do in the beginning of the season," Falcons coach Charlie Kendrick said. "The kids have earned it."

Standing in the way is No. 4 Glendale Apollo, which Foothills will face in the Division II state championship game Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The game will be played at Campo Verde High School in Gilbert.

Apollo has been dominant this season, going 20-1.

The Hawks' only loss came to Foothills in December. The Falcons won 6-0 in the Horizon Tournament of Champions in Phoenix. The team scored five goals in the first half. Emily Parker and Amber Measley both scored twice.

Here are three things Foothills needs to do to win its eighth state title since 2003:

1. Control the ball. Kendrick has instructed his team to settle down on the field and have a better flow on offense.

In Wednesday's 1-0 semifinal victory over Scottsdale Notre Dame, Foothills had difficulty finding open passing lanes at times. When its offense did find scoring opportunities, it was because those lanes opened up with better ball movement.

If the Falcons can control the pace early against Apollo, they should be able to trigger their offense that averages more than three goals a game.

"I think if we just keep playing how we know we can, we will be all right," Aleah Strength said.

2. Limit Fonseca. Apollo has scored 122 goals this season, with a team-high 38 of them coming from freshman Daniela Fonseca. She has scored multiple goals in a game 12 times this year. She scored twice in a playoff win over Sahuarita.

Foothills' tough defense has proven that it can contain Fonseca, as it did in December. The Falcons hope to do it again Saturday.

3. Go for four. For the six seniors on the Falcons roster, the state championship game has become a common place in their four years at Foothills.

"Every state championship you win, people would think that the feeling of winning wouldn't be as great, but each one you win is more and more gratifying," senior goalkeeper Laura DeMers said.

A win Saturday would send the seniors out with a state title each of their four years of high school, a rare feat that can never be outdone.

"It's an unbelievable accomplishment and something that maybe will never be able to do again," Kendrick said.

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