DON KETCHUM is a native of Phoenix. He was a sportswriter for The Arizona Republic/The Phoenix Gazette for nearly four decades. He covered high school sports on several occasions as well as the Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State sports. From 2008-14, he was a staff writer for, the web site of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Gator soccer begins 2015 with rout of Camelback

The new year began on Tuesday (Jan. 6) with a big victory for Xavier Prep’s soccer team and the Gators were able to reclaim the top spot in azcentral’s Division I rankings.
The Gators rolled past visiting Phoenix Camelback 17-0 in a match that was moved up two hours from its original 6 p.m. start.
Camelback had trouble fielding a full varsity team for various reasons, so the remaining varsity players combined with the junior varsity squad to face the Xavier varsity.
Xavier, whose record improved to 6-1, got an opportunity to use many of its reserves and get them valuable experience that could come into play at key moments later on in the season.
Gators coach Barb Chura hopes her team will be ready to play fourth-ranked Phoenix Desert Vista of Ahwatukee on Wednesday (Jan. 7) at Xavier’s Petznick Field. The game begins at 6 p.m.

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