Soccer

Rincon/University wins TUSD Boys Soccer Invitational

 

Rincon’s Nick Quatraro (3) passes off to Carlos Nava (25) during a match against Tanque Verde. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

TUSD Boys Soccer Invitational

Rincon/University beat Sahuarita 5-1 Saturday to complete a four-game sweep over the field. The championship victory moves the Rangers to 9-2 on the year and 1-1 in power-ranking matches.

The Rangers only gave up two goals at the tournament, not including a wild victory over Palo Verde on Thursday where a 0-0 tie was decided by kicks from the mark where the Rangers pulled out a 7-6 win.

The Rangers are led offensively by a trio of seniors in Zak Mohamed, Sam Lossou and Abdullahi Mohamed and junior Jake Sullivan is in goal. The two losses came at the hands of power teams Tucson and Sunnyside.

The 2-1 loss to the Badgers came during the Brandon Bean Invitational and the 4-3 home-loss to the Blue Devils is the only one that counts and that setback could be offset by a 1-0 win over Catalina Foothills once the power rankings are released on Jan. 3.

Rincon/UHS will host Ironwood Ridge (3-4, 1-2) on Tuesday.

Sahuarita (9-4-1, 3-0) plays in the 3A South and the Mustangs have control on the region thanks to an impressive week squeezed in between the Amphi Panther Classic and the TUSD Invite where the Mustangs went a combined 10-1 in goals against region foes Gregory School, Pusch Ridge and Safford.

The Mustangs will travel to Nogales (5-5, 1-3) on Monday.

Tuesday, Dec. 11
Catalina over Flowing Wells, 2-1
Tanque Verde over Palo Verde, PK 4-3
Sahuarita over Vista Grande, 1-0
Rincon/UHS over Sahuaro, 5-1

Wednesday, Dec. 12
Rincon/UHS over Tanque Verde, 3-0
Sahuarita over Catalina, PK 4-2
Palo Verde over Sahuaro, 1-1 (PK 4-1)
Flowing Wells over Vista Grande, 3-0

Thursday, Dec. 13
Sahuarita over Flowing Wells, 3-2
Rincon/UHS over Palo Verde, PK 7-6
Catalina over Vista Grande, 2-2 (PK 5-4)
Tanque Verde over Sahuaro, PK 3-2

Saturday, Dec. 15 at Catalina
Sahuaro, over Vista Grande, 2-2 (PK 3-2)
Flowing Wells over Tanque Verde, 2-1
Catalina over Palo Verde, 3-0

CHAMPIONSHIP
Rincon/UHS over Sahuarita (3-0), 5-1

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