State Tournaments: Sahuarita stuns top-seeded Sahuaro in PKs

2013-02-03T00:00:00Z State Tournaments: Sahuarita stuns top-seeded Sahuaro in PKsArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 03, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Sahuarita goalkeeper Lilia Calvillo blocked Sahuaro's sixth penalty kick after both teams converted their first five to set up Nadia Nichols for an opportunity to win Saturday's playoff game.

And Nichols came through, hitting the game-winning PK for a 3-2 win to send the eighth-seeded Mustangs (21-2-1) to the Division II state semifinals for the first time. They will face fourth-seeded Glendale Apollo Wednesday at Phoenix's Paradise Valley High School.

"We are a small school in this division and play teams with lots of club players," Sahuarita coach Rosi Reeves said. "It takes us having a lot of heart, grit, and determination for us to do what we did. I have never been prouder of my team."

The Cougars (15-8-1) jumped ahead in the first minute of the game on a goal from Anyssa Dagnino. Jasmine Simmons added to their lead with a shot in the second half, but Sahuarita answered with two goals from Yaritza Lopez and Taylor McClelland to send the game to overtime.

"A lot of credit to Sahuarita," Sahuaro coach David Kruszewski said. "They kept fighting and those girls never quit. We have a great group of girls. A lot of them will be returning next year, and I'm sure they will not forget this game."

• Glendale Cactus 3, Palo Verde 2: At Palo Verde, the Titans rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game but fell behind again when Cactus' Ashley Duran scored her third goal of the afternoon in the 76th minute.

Taylor Kruse and Alexis Veney scored Palo Verde's two goals.

"Obviously I'm disappointed with the result but certainly not the second-half effort," Palo Verde coach Jim Mentz said.

• Phoenix Xavier 4, Mountain View 0: At Xavier, the Gators scored three goals in the first 20 minutes, and advanced past Mountain View in the Division I quarterfinals.

Mountain View freshman goalkeeper Felicity Tarr recorded five saves in the game. The Mountain Lions finished the season 11-4.

"It was a great experience. We told the girls at the end of the game that we were extremely proud of them," said Mountain Lions' coach Kaissa Gurvine.

"They played great in the second half. Unfortunately it is hard to come back from a 3-0 deficit."

• Cottonwood Mingus 3, Catalina 0: At Mingus, the Trojans were unable to get past the third-seeded Marauders in the Division III quarterfinals.

"We had to make some adjustments, but we still played our best. They were a good team we played against," Catalina coach John Faruolo said.

Boys soccer

• Salpointe Catholic 6, Buckeye Verrado 0: At Salpointe, the defending Division II state champions scored four goals in the first half on their way to an easy quarterfinal win.

"The kids really played well in the first round and we repeated that today," Salpointe coach Wolfgang Weber said.

Senior Arturo Vega scored two goals, including Salpointe's first, but Weber credited the defense for the team's success. The Lancers (24-2) have outscored opponents 116-24 this season.

"We were just very fluid and very much control of everything; we allowed very little opportunities," Weber added. "I'm very pleased with the way we are playing."

Wrestling

Sunnyside, Ironwood Ridge and Safford were all winners at Saturday's state-qualifying sectional meets. Look for more wrestling coverage in Monday's Arizona Daily Star.

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