Soccer: Mtn. View concentrating on each game

2013-01-11T00:00:00Z Soccer: Mtn. View concentrating on each gameDaniel Gaona Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 11, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Mountain View girls soccer coach Kaissa Gurvine thinks her team is a legitimate Division I state title contender.

The third-ranked Mountain Lions (13-1) have won 10 straight games since losing to Sahuaro 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the season-opening Brandon Bean Kickoff Classic.

Mountain View beat Marana 5-0 on Thursday night and has only five games left.

Of those, the toughest game will likely be when the Mountain Lions travel to No. 7 Phoenix Pinnacle on Jan. 22. However, Gurvine wants to make sure her team treats ever game like a big one.

"We're not going to downplay one opponent versus another," she said. "They're all important for us to win."

Here's a look at three other teams that have been getting it done on the pitch as the state tournament quickly approaches:

Salpointe Catholic boys

Since last year's Division II champion lost to Catalina Foothills in the boys final of the Brandon Bean Kickoff Classic, it has gone 13-1.

Salpointe's only loss came in overtime against Division I power Phoenix Brophy Prep, 2-1 on Dec. 10.

The fifth-ranked Lancers edged Foothills 2-1 on Thursday night for their seventh straight win.

Coach Wolfgang Weber said his team has adapted well to the absence of injured senior midfielder Christian Garcia, last year's Arizona Daily Star Player of the Year.

Senior T.J. Hope leads the team with 21 goals.

Catalina Foothills girls

The Foothills girls have won three consecutive state titles.

It might soon be four.

However, coach Charlie Kendrick said his team must concentrate on getting into the state tournament. The Falcons have six crucial games over the next 13 days.

"We have a nightmare schedule left so we just have to make sure we get through this thing, and then we can worry about the state tournament when that time comes," Kendrick said.

The top-ranked Falcons (14-2-1) will face Sahuaro and Ironwood Ridge once and Sabino twice down the stretch. All three foes were ranked in the top 10 of the Division II seedings Thursday.

Palo Verde girls

Senior forward Jasmine Stokes has been huge for Palo Verde - again. She has scored 34 goals through 12 games after scoring 51 times last year.

Her career goals total is now at 121 and will only continue to climb as the Titans try to get back to the Division III state championship game.

Coach Jim Mentz feels confident about a return with his young squad, which returned only six players from last year but has won 11 straight games and was ranked sixth on Thursday.

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