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SOCCER: Salpointe girls win championship, Salpointe boys take 2nd

Salpointe girls celebrated first title since 1999. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Saturday, Feb. 11

4A BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP at Williams Field
No. 1 Coronado 4, No. 3 Salpointe 3 (5-3 PKs)

4A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP at Williams Field
No. 4 Salpointe 4, No. 2 Thunderbird 0

Top-seeded Coronado held on to defeat No. 3 Salpointe 4-3 in the 4A state championship match held at Williams Field Saturday afternoon. The two teams went to PKs after surviving through 110 minutes of two overtime periods and two “Golden Goal” periods. The Dons outscored the Lancers 5-3 in the PK round to win the second state championship in program history….

BOYS GAME STORY CAN BE FOUND HERE

….Seeded fourth this year with an 18-3-2 record, Salpointe came in and beat No. 2 Thunderbird 4-0 in a game that was never in doubt.

Kate Connelly put Salpointe up 1-0 in the 17th minute, Kalista Kakou found Catalina Alvarado in the 45th, Paloma Teran scored in the 60th and Kakou found the net in the 77th…..

GIRLS GAME STORY CAN BE FOUND HERE

Alfonso Cabrera went up high for this attempt (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

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 (5)
1990: 5A (Matt Panitinto)
1992: 5A (Julian Friend)
1998: 5A (Jill McCartney)
1999: 5A (Alesha Kientzler)
2017: 4A (Becky Freeman)

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)

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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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