Salpointe and Catalina Foothills tie 1-1

Caitlyn Maher (14) celebrates her early goal. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


The fog never actually rolled in, it sort of settled on the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains before briefly giving way to sprinkles before reasserting itself in the form of wind and chill. The majestic atmosphere was befitting of the duel on the pitch below but the resulting 1-1 tie between power-programs Salpointe (3-0-1) and Catalina Foothills (3-0-1) had many wanting more and a few wanting less.

Nothing was decided after 100 minutes of play, other than the observation that, at any moment, there were 22 of the best players on the pitch and several of the best coaches offering them direction, but that was always obvious. The final buzzer came with a reality that three of the of the very best Southern Arizona has to offer had to be assisted off the pitch. That was something we could have lived without but players giving everything was also expected and that is something we also cannot live without….


Flavia Burrell (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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