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.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Gator soccer triumphs in first round

Xavier Prep’s soccer team reached the round of 16 after a 3-0 first-round victory on Monday (Dec. 28) over Long Beach Poly in the Excalibur Tournament of Champions in Irvine, Calif.
The Gators (6-0) will play Temecula, Calif., or San Clemente, Calif., in the second round on Tuesday (Dec. 29). That game will begin at 11:30 a.m., Arizona time. Xavier also will play another game later in the day.
Freshman Alison Broderick scored the Gators’ first goal in the first half. She connected from about 30 yards out off an assist from Natalie Duque. Xavier had several other good chances in the first half. Sadie Wintergalen set up many of those attempts by outworking the opposing defense.
Quiqui Hita had a fine all-around game for the Gators and scored the team’s second goal for a 2-0 lead in the second half. Emily Chiao provided the assist.
Chiao accounted for XCP’s final goal after dribbling the ball through three defenders and sliding the ball past the Long Beach Poly goalkeeper.
Kinsey Ehmann was solid in goal for the Gators, and her defensive teammates kept the opponent away from the goal most of the time.

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