High school boys soccer: Falcons unseat Lancers

Baker knocks in last-minute goal to give Foothills 1-0 victory
2012-11-27T00:00:00Z High school boys soccer: Falcons unseat LancersDaniel Gaona Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
November 27, 2012 12:00 am  • 

The last time Salpointe Catholic and Catalina Foothills met in soccer, the game was decided on penalty kicks.

It looked as if that would be the case again Monday night with one minute left in a scoreless tie of the Brandon Bean Kickoff Classic boys championship game.

Then Jack Ferguson came to the rescue for Foothills.

The Falcons' senior midfielder drove a free kick 25 yards from the left side toward the goal, and junior Garrett Baker tapped it in off his shoulder to give Foothills the lead in the 80th minute and a 1-0 victory at Salpointe's field.

"Jack crossed it in and it hit a couple people and I went up and got pushed so it hit my shoulder and went in the goal," Baker said. "It was pretty messy, but it worked. I didn't believe it at first."

From there, the Falcons (5-0-1) watched the final seconds tick away and began celebrating.

The loss was Salpointe's first this season and snapped a run of three straight Brandon Bean championships. The win gave the Falcons and longtime coach Julie Walters their first boys title in the tournament.

"I couldn't have asked (Ferguson) to distribute a better ball," Walters said.

"I gave him a target, he hit it exactly where I asked him to play it and they did the runs the way they should and it was great."

Ferguson's kick was a result of a tackle foul called on Salpointe's Gavino Caranza that also warranted a yellow card.

Salpointe goalkeeper Taylor Anderson also said the ball bounced around off a couple of defenders before it went in off Baker.

Salpointe coach Wolfgang Weber was satisfied with his team's play in the second half after a sloppy first half.

The Lancers (6-1) outshot Foothills 10-4 in the match, with most of the chances coming in the final 40 minutes. Spencer Salmon had eight saves for the Falcons.

"Their goalkeeper made some terrific saves," Weber said, "And their defense played tough all game long and made it very difficult for us to get a clean look, but we still did."

Salpointe played again without senior midfielder Christian Garcia, last year's Arizona Daily Star player of the year. Weber said Garcia has a sports hernia and needs surgery.

There is a chance Garcia could return to the Lancers sometime in February.

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