3A Soccer: Pusch Ridge beats Yuma Catholic in OT

Paige McCrindle (19) scored two goals (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


…The playoff format for the 3A Conference is unique due to a Play-In Tournament slated for Saturday, Mar. 6. In that format, the teams ranked No. 9 to 24 will play a single match to qualify for the 16-team state bracket scheduled to start on Wednesday, Mar. 6. The top eight ranked teams will host the first round and the six region champions will automatically qualify for the postseason play in either the Play-In phase or the state playoffs. The 4A, 5A and 6A playoffs will not have a Play-In Tournament and region finish has no bearing in the 5A and 6A conferences….


Audrey Katsel made it 3-1 Pusch Ridge. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


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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