Catalina Foothills over Ironwood Ridge 7-0

Captains Caitlyn Maher (L) found Katelyn Kelch in the 16th (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


Catalina Foothills opened up the winter season with a convincing 7-0 win over Ironwood Ridge at home Tuesday night. A power in the 4A Conference, the Falcons moved up to the 5A Conference after back-to-back state runner-up finishes in 2019 and 2020.

The Falcons have eight state championships and four second place trophies dating back to 2002 but the last state championship came in 2013 under the guidance of Charlie Kendrick. Dave Lemon led the program to a second place in 2019, a 2-1 overtime loss to Salpointe, and then Sou Moussa-Torres led the team to the runner-up spot last winter, a loss to Flagstaff in PK’s (4-2).

Moussa-Torres lost Hannah Draper (18 goals, 10 assists) and Rebecca Borrows (5 goals) to graduation and Ellie Robinson (13 goals, 11 assists) transferred to Pusch Ridge for her senior season but standout keeper Flavia Burrell returns for her senior year along with eight other standouts including forward Caitlyn Maher



Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. 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. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019 and he is a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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