GIRLS SOCCER: Rincon advances with dramatic win over Mountain Pointe

Hannah Leitner got past three defenders and sprinted to the goal to put Rincon/University up 1-0 with less than a minute left in the first half. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Down 4-3 in PKs, Rincon/University goalie Genny Standifer used a bit of luck and a bit of strategy to avoid elimination in the 6A Play-In bracket Thursday night at the hands of No. 20 Mountain Pointe.

The sophomore blocked two shots in a row and Addison Plummer found the net to give the 13th-seeded Rangers a 2-1 (5-4) victory and a spot in the 16-team bracket to be announced on Friday at 2 p.m.

“It was nerve-racking,” Standifer said. “I told myself I had to do it. Part of it is reading body language and then making a guess. This feels good.”


Sophomore forward Hannah Leitner used her speed to take the ball from midfield to the goal to put the Rangers up 1-0 with 43.6 seconds left in the first half. It was a lead that would last until Mountain Pointe standout Alison Turk found the net in the 67th minute, giving the senior 15 goals on the year.

The 1-1 tie lasted through both overtime periods to set up the PK round where Turk put the Pride up 1-0. Standifer came out of the goal and tied things up 1-1 on a low shot to the left but Annika Luecht put the Pride back up 2-1.

The Rangers missed on the next attempt and Lauren Dill put the Pride up 3-1. Leitner found the net to cut the lead down to 3-2 but Raquel Hagar went right to put the Pride up 4-2. Eilise McLaughlin made it 4-3 and Standifer came up with her first block to avoid elimination.

Alia Raderstorf tied it up 4-4 and Standifer blocked another attempt to keep the Rangers alive and Plummer clinched it for the Rangers on her shot.

The AIA Soccer Bracket Show is Friday at 2 p.m. and can be seen at live AZPreps365.com.

Genny Standifer finished with 12 saves including two in the PK round (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Thursday, Jan. 26

No. 9 Tucson over No 24 Desert Mountain 2-0 (Goals by Javier Martinez and Luis Mejía, both assists by Manuel Quiroz)
No. 23 Desert Vista over No. 10 Rincon/University 2-1
No. 14 Chandler over No. 19 Sunnyside 2-1

No. 10 Mountain View over No. 23 Agua Fria 1-0
No. 12 Buena over No. 21 Sahuaro 2-1 (OT)
No. 18 Camelback over No. 15 Flowing Wells 2-1
No. 16 Glendale over No. 17 Cholla 2-0
No. 14 Carl Hayden over No. 19 Desert View 4-3
No. 9 Arcadia over No. 24 Cienega 5-1

No 10 Tucson over No. 23 Cibola 1-0
No. 13 Rincon/University over No. 20 Mountain Pointe 2-1 (5-4).

No. 9 Sahuaro over No. 24 Agua Fria 6-1
No. 23 Flowing Wells over No. 10 Marana 1-0
No. 14 Cienega over No. 19 Mesquite 4-0 (Goals by Jasso (2), Harris and Pullen. Bacon records the shutout.)

Flowing Wells beat Marana in 5A action (Courtesy Photo)


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and 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 was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com


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