No. 4 Ironwood Ridge defeated No. 5 Arcadia 1-0 Saturday to advance to the semifinal round of the Division II soccer playoffs. The Nighthawks (18-3-2) scored on an own goal in the 23rd minute and held on for the win despite a frantic comeback attempt by the Titans (15-4) down the stretch including a shot with a few seconds left.
On paper, Megan Logue recorded six saves but the last attempt popped off her gloves and came back down to her for the save. It was one of several near misses for the Titans…..
Ironwood Ridge will face No. 1 Salpointe (22-1) next Tuesday night in the semifinals. The Lancers defeated Ironwood Ridge 1-0 in overtime just ten days ago. The place for the match has yet to be decided.
The other semifinal will feature No. 3 Notre Dame Prep (18-2-2) and No. 7 Catalina Foothills (14-5-1). Notre Dame defeated No. 5 Cactus Shadows 5-0 and Catalina Foothills upset No. 3 Willow Canyon 2-1.
The Falcons have won eight state championships while Notre Dame has won two including last year’s title. Salpointe has four team titles with the last coming in 1999.
Salpointe defeated No. 9 Sahuaro 2-1 to set up the rematch with Ironwood Ridge. The Cougars are responsible for the only loss on the Lancer schedule.
In D-III action, No. 4 Palo Verde defeated No. 9 Scottsdale Prep 5-0 and the Titans will face No. 1 North Canyon in the semifinal round next Tuesday night and No. 3 Walden Grove fell to No. 6 Estrella Foothills 4-2 (PKs).
In D-IV action, No. 6 Pusch defeated No. 3 Red Rock 1-0 to advance to the semifinal round next Tuesday night where they will face off against No. 7 Tanque Verde. Tanque Verde defeated No. 2 Thatcher 1-0.
In boys action from D-II, No. 1 Rincon/University lost to No. 9 Sunnyslope 2-1 in overtime and No. 2 Tucson lost to No. 7 South Mountain 2-1.
In boy’s D-III action, No. 2 Flowing Wells beat No. 10 Scottsdale Coronado 1-0 to advance to the semifinals next Wednesday where they will face No. 6 Cortez and No. 5 Catalina lost to No. 13 Independence 3-1.
In boy’s D-IV action, No. 2 Pueblo beat No. 7 Phoenix NFL YET 7-2 to advance to the semifinal round next Wednesday against No. 6 Glendale Prep and No. 9 Pusch Ridge Christian fell to No. 1 Dysart 3-2 (4-2).
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