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SOCCER PLAYOFFS: Salpointe girls to play for sixth state championship

Lancer head coach Kelly Pierce won two titles playing for Salpointe. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

No. 2 Salpointe defeated No. 6 Prescott 5-0 Tuesday night to advance to the 4A state championship scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 10. The Lancers will face No. 1 Flagstaff, winners of the other semifinal match over No. 4 Catalina Foothills.

The loss to Flagstaff was only the second loss of the year for Falcons (21-2-3). Salpointe (20-1-1) won the 4A state championship last year under Becky Freeman. In a story we broke in June of 2017, former Lancer and WPSL standout Kelly Pierce took the reins of the program after Freeman resigned to take care of her young family.

Pierce won back-to-back state championship as a defender for the Lancers in 1998 and 1999.

The championship match between Salpointe and Flagstaff (16-2-1) will be held at 11:30 a.m. at Williams Field. The match will be streamed live on the NFHS Network through azpreps365.com.

Semifinal Week continues on Wednesday night with No. 10 Salpointe facing off against No. 3 Cortez in the boy’s match scheduled for 7 p.m. at Williams Field.

TUESDAY, FEB. 6

4A GIRLS SEMIFINALS at Williams Field
No. 2 Salpointe 5, No. 6 Prescott 0
No. 1 Flagstaff 1, No. 4 Catalina Foothills 0

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 7

4A BOYS SEMIFINALS at Williams Field
No. 10 Salpointe vs. No. 3 Cortez, 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, FEB. 8

5A GIRLS SEMIFINALS at Campo Verde
No. 2 Ironwood Ridge vs. Chaparral, 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, FEB. 9

3A BOYS SEMIFINALS at Williams Field
No. 12 Sabino vs. No. 1 AZ College Prep, 5 p.m.

SATURDAY, FEB. 10

4A CHAMPIONSHIP at Williams Field
No. 2 Salpointe vs. No. 1 Flagstaff, 11:30 a.m.
(NFHS Network)

GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS

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 (Alisha Kientzler)
2017: 4A (Becky Freeman)

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

Sabino (2)
1996: 4A (Alisha 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 (1)
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 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


 

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