WINTER PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
The Pusch Ridge girls soccer team got the winter playoffs for Southern Arizona off to a good start with a 1-0 win at Odyssey Institute located in Buckeye. The Minotaurs came in as the higher seed at No. 13 but the Lions got the job done despite a No. 20 ranking thanks to a goal from Olivia Maxfield.
Pusch Ridge is ranked No. 16 now and will travel to play No. 1 Queen Creek Franklin in the 3A State Playoffs slated for Wednesday, Feb. 9. No. 4 Sabino will host No. 13 Chandler Valley Christian.
On the boy’s side, No. 18 Pusch Ridge upset No. 15 Bourgade Catholic 2-0 on goals from Trey Lustenberger and Joaquin Borboa. The game was played at Pusch Ridge instead of Phoenix because Pusch Ridge is a region champion. The Lions are seeded No. 15 in the state tournament and will travel to No. 2 Thatcher.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3
3A GIRLS SOCCER PLAY-IN TOURNAMENT
No. 20 Pusch Ridge 1, No. 13 Odyssey Institute 0
3A BOYS SOCCER PLAY-IN TOURNAMENT
No. 18 Pusch Ridge 2, No. 15 Bourgade Catholic 0
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5
GIRLS WRESTLING SECTION III TOURNAMENT
Flowing Wells High School (81 Girls)
1A TUCSON/SOUTH HOOPS REGION TOURNAMENT
St. David High School
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8
3A BOYS SOCCER FIRST ROUND
No. 15 Pusch Ridge at No. 2 Thatcher, 4 p.m.
1A BOYS BASKETBALL PLAY-IN TOURNAMENT
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9
3A GIRLS SOCCER FIRST ROUND
No. 13 Valley Christian at No. 4 Sabino, 6 p.m.
No. 16 Pusch Ridge at No. 1 Queen Creek Franklin, 6 p.m.
1A GIRLS BASKETBALL PLAY-IN TOURNAMENT
4A-6A BOYS/GIRLS SOCCER PLAY-IN TOURNAMENTS
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