Soccer

Salpointe girls beat Catalina Foothills 2-1 in overtime to win 7th championship

Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

The numbers run by like a blur whenever two of the state’s most storied programs play each other in a state championship match and Wednesday night at Mountain View Marana proved no different when No. 3 Salpointe beat No. 5 Catalina Foothills 2-1 in overtime to win the 4A state championship. That final number fails to tell the complete story.

Salpointe (17-2) is on an incredible journey that includes four straight final appearances resulting in three straight championships. It was the first time a big school captured three straight soccer titles since Catalina Foothills completed the task. Technically, the Falcons brought home four titles in a row from 2010 to 2013 but that just gives the Lancers something else to shoot for….

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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 (7)
1990: 5A (Matt Panitinto)
1992: 5A (Julian Friend)
1998: 5A (Jill McCartney)
1999: 5A (Alesha Kientzler)
2017: 4A (Becky Freeman)
2018: 4A (Kelly Pierce)
2019: 4A (Kelly Pierce)

Kelly Pierce (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

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
1997: 5A (Albert Durazo)

Mountain View
1995: 4A (Cynthia Saldamando)

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

Walden Grove
2015: D-III (Carey Bauer)

WINTER PLAYOFFS

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20

SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP: BOYS 5A
No. 1 Sunnyside over No. 3 Campo Verde, 4-0

SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP: GIRLS 4A
No. 3 Salpointe over No. 5 Catalina Foothills, 2-1 (OT)

FRIDAY, FEB. 22

4A BOYS BASKETBALL SEMIFINALS
No. 4 Salpointe vs. No. 1 Shadow Mountain at GCU, 7:30 p.m.
No. 11 Catalina Foothills vs. No. 2 Deer Valley at GCU, 4 p.m.

3A BOYS BASKETBALL SEMIFINALS
No. 5 Pusch Ridge vs. No. 8 Sabino at Gila River, 7:45 p.m.

1A BOYS BASKETBALL SEMIFINALS
No. 2 Gregory School vs. No. 3 Fort Thomas at Prescott Valley, 9 a.m.

4A GIRLS BASKETBALL SEMIFINALS
No. 4 Sahuaro vs. No. 1 Shadow Mountain at GCU, 5:45 p.m.

1A GIRLS BASKETBALL SEMIFINALS
No. 3 Baboquivari vs. No. 11 Red Mesa at Prescott Valley, 10:30 a.m.

SATURDAY, FEB. 23

3A BOYS BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
No. 5 Pusch Ridge/No. 8 Sabino vs. TBD Gila River, 3 p.m.

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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 is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at

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