Ironwood Ridge lost nearly its entire starting lineup from last year's team that made it to the Division II quarterfinals.
The sixth-seeded Nighthawks (14-6-3) beat Glendale Kellis 4-1 at Catalina Foothills on Tuesday night to advance past the first round for the third straight year.
"We had 11 seniors and eight starters graduate, so it's a big deal to get back here with such a young group," I-Ridge coach Sean Watkins said.
Senior captain Madison McEldowney scored two second-half goals after the Nighthawks took an early 2-0 lead 22 minutes into the game.
Morgan Sibson, a junior, scored I-Ridge's first goal of the game on a 30-yard shot.
"It was an absolute firecracker," Watkins said. "One of our nicest goals of the season."
For the second straight year, Ironwood Ridge will face Catalina Foothills in the quarterfinals.
• No. 3 Catalina Foothills 7, No. 14 Queen Creek 0: At Catalina Foothills, the Falcons moved one win closer to their fourth straight state title.
Sophomore Emily Parker had a hat trick with one goal in the first half and two in the second.
"First of all, I have to give credit to Queen Creek; they played us hard and tough all game. We went out and got the job done," Catalina Foothills coach Charlie Kendrick said.
• No. 5 Mountain View 4, No. 12 Chandler 0: At Sahuaro, Arizona commit Justene Kesterson scored a pair of goals and had an assist to lead the Mountain Lions to the Division I quarterfinals.
The senior gave Mountain View a 1-0 lead in the final minute of the first half before the Mountain Lions scored three second-half goals.
Goalkeeper Felicity Tarr had 13 saves for the shutout.
"Huge save in last two minutes to preserve the shutout," Mountain View coach Kaissa Gurvin said, "She (dived) all the way across the goal, it was awesome."
• No. 8 Sahuarita 2, No. 9 Avondale Agua Fria 0: At Palo Verde, the Mustangs scored two goals in the first half and received a lockdown performance from their defense to defeat Agua Fria in the first round of the Division II state tournament.
Senior goalkeeper Lilia Calvillo blocked eight shots in the match, and sophomore Taylor McClelland scored her state-leading 52nd goal of the season.
"They outplayed us most of the game, and we didn't have our best offensive performance, but our defense really stepped up for us," Sahuarita coach Rosi Reeves said.
• No. 4 Glendale Apollo 1, No. 13 Sabino 1: At Apollo, the Sabercats scored in the final minute of regulation on a goal by Megan Richardson, but they went on to lose 7-6 in penalty kicks and were eliminated from the Division II state tournament.
Sabino (13-8) out-shot Apollo 21-9 and gave up the lone goal on an error.
"It was a quick lapse in concentration on our part, but all the girls recovered well," Sabino coach Brenda Lowery said. "We continued to press, and we dominated."
• No. 2 Palo Verde 4, No. 15 Gilbert Higley 2: At Palo Verde, the Titans outlasted Higley in their postseason opener with the help of senior Alexis Veney, who had one goal and two assists in the game.
"We had three outstanding performances tonight from (Angelica) Gonzalez, Veney, and (Jasmine) Stokes. Every player played a good game, but those three players were outstanding," Palo Verde coach Jim Mentz said.
• No. 11 Catalina 7, No. 6 Chandler Seton Catholic 3: At Phoenix Desert Vista, the Trojans upset Seton Catholic in overtime. Madison Irwin scored four goals in the game including her 32nd of the season, setting a school record.
"We definitely had an advantage on speed with our forwards. I knew when we went into overtime, we would put them away," Catalina coach John Faruolo said.
• No. 5 Scottsdale Arcadia 1, No. 12 Marana 0: At Phoenix Xavier, Arcadia's lone score in the 48th minute eliminated Marana from the Division II state tournament.
Tigers keeper Mason Howard recorded six saves in the game.
"We had a tremendous season and played really hard throughout the game. They were overachievers and did more than we expected," Marana coach Dan Tarquin said.
• No. 1 Buckeye Verrado 3, No. 16 Pusch Ridge Christian 0: At Verrado, the top-seeded Vipers eliminated the Lions (8-6).
State soccer schedules
STATE TOURNAMENT FIRST-ROUND SCHEDULE
Today Division I
• No. 14 Rincon/University at No. 3 Phoenix Desert Vista, 7 p.m.
• No. 15 Desert View at No. 2 Tempe Corona del Sol, 7 p.m.
• No. 16 Tucson at No. 1 Phoenix Brophy, 7 p.m.
• No. 13 Bullhead City Mohave at No. 4 Salpointe Catholic, 7 p.m.
• No. 16 Catalina Foothills at No. 1 Phoenix South Mountain, 7 p.m.
• No. 10 Phoenix Christian vs. No. 7 Palo Verde, at Salpointe Catholic, 5 p.m.
• No. 15 Amphitheater at No. 2 Douglas, 7 p.m.
STATE TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINALS SCHEDULE Saturday
• No. 5 Mountain View, at No. 4 Phoenix Xavier, 2 p.m.
• No. 8 Sahuarita at No. 1 Sahuaro, 2 p.m.
• No. 6 Ironwood Ridge at No. 3 Catalina Foothills, 2 p.m.
• No. 7 Glendale Cactus at No. 2 Palo Verde, 2 p.m.
• No. 11 Catalina at No. 3 Cottonwood Mingus Union, 2 p.m.