Brandon Bean Soccer Invitational
Nov. 30-Dec. 2: Salpointe
The Brandon Bean Soccer Invitational is held every year to honor Brandon Bean, a former Salpointe player who passed away in 1992 after an on-field collision at a soccer scrimmage. In addition, the tournament also honors Laura Kea, a former Lancer who died in an auto accident on her way to a soccer tournament.
The quarterfinals, semifinals and championships will be held at Salpointe on Friday and Saturday.
Catalina Foothills earned the top seed on the girl’s side while Salpointe earned the top seed in the boy’s bracket:
GIRLS QUARTERFINALS: Friday, Dec. 1
Game 1 No. 1 Catalina Foothills vs. No. 8 Sahuaro, 12:30 p.m.
Game 2 No. 2 Salpointe vs No. 7 Cienega, 2 p.m.
Game 3 No. 3 3 Walden Grove vs. No. 6 6 Rincon/UHS, 3:30 p.m.
Game 4 No. 4 Ironwood Ridge vs No. 5 Buena, 5 p.m.
BOYS QUARTERFINALS: Friday, Dec. 1
Game 1 No. 1 Salpointe vs. No. 8 Buena, 12:30 p.m.
Game 2 No. 2 Douglas vs. No 7 Mountain View, 2 p.m.
Game 3 No. 3 Tucson vs. No. 6 Cienega, 3:30 p.m.
Game 4 No. 4 4 Flowing Wells vs. No. 5 Rincon/UHS, 6:30 p.m.
Brandon Bean’s nephew, Colin Dreis, is a 6-6 junior lineman for Salpointe. Beans’ father, Doug Bean, has recently returned to officiating soccer and will officiate some of the games in the invitational.
Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he 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