Soccer

SOCCER PLAYOFFS: Salpointe girls to play for state championship

Salpointe head coach Becky Freeman has 58 wins in three years with two championship appearances. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

No. 4 Salpointe knocked off No. 1 Flagstaff in the PK round (4-1) Wednesday night to advance to the 4A state championship match scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. The Lancers took second place in the D-II playoffs last year under Becky Freeman.

The Lancers have won four state championships and this will be the program’s second final appearance since 2001. The Salpointe boys will play their championship match at 11:30 a.m.

Southern Arizona State Girls Soccer Championships

Catalina Foothills (8)
2003: 4A (Christie Monroe)
2005: 4A (Charlie Kendrick)
2006: 4A-I (Charlie Kendrick)
2007: 4A-I (Charlie Kendrick)
2010: 4A-I (Charlie Kendrick)
2011: 4A-I (Charlie Kendrick)
2012: D-II (Charlie Kendrick)
2013: D-II (Charlie Kendrick)

Salpointe (4)
1990: 5A (Matt Panitinto)
1992: 5A (Julian Friend)
1998: 5A (Jill McCartney)
1999: 5A (Alesha Kientzler)

Flowing Wells (2)
2007: 5A-II (Chris Nogami)
2009: 4A-I (Sean Ochoa)

Sabino (2)
1996: 4A (Alesha Kientzler)
2008: 4A-I (Brenda Lowery)

Canyon del Oro (1)
1997: 5A (Albert Durazo)

Mountain View (1)
1995: 4A (Cynthia Saldamando)

Rincon/UHS (1)
2008: 5A-II (Ian Kidd)

Walden Grove
2015: D-III (Carey Bauer)

PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

Wednesday, Feb. 8

4A GIRLS SEMIFINALS at Williams Field
No. 4 Salpointe over No. 1 Flagstaff, 1-0 (4-1 PKs)

Thursday, Feb. 9

3A BOYS SEMIFINALS at Williams Field
No. 15 Sahuarita vs. No. 11 NFL Yet, 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 10

5A GIRLS SEMIFINALS at Campo Verde
No. 4 Ironwood Ridge vs. No. 1 Chaparral, 5 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 11

4A BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP at Williams Field
No. 3 Salpointe vs. No. 1 Coronado, 11:30 a.m.
(Streamed Live NFHS Network).

4A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP at Williams Field
No. 4 Salpointe vs. Prescott/Thunderbird winner, 2 p.m.
(Streamed Live NFHS Network).

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com

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