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.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Soccer team ready for Calif. tournament

The Xavier Prep soccer team takes over center stage during the week between Christmas and New Year’s with five games over three days in the Excalibur Tournament of Champions at the Great Park in Irvine, Calif.
The Gators are riding an early streak of success with a 5-0 record. They have outscored opponents 17-2 during that time, including three shutouts.
Xavier opens play in the Excalibur on Monday (Dec. 28) with a noon (Arizona time) start against Long Beach Poly.
A win over Long Beach Poly would set up a second-round game on Tuesday (Dec. 29) against either Temecula, Calif., or San Clemente, Calif., at 11:30 a.m. (Arizona time). A loss to Long Beach Poly would lead to a loser’s bracket game on Tuesday against Temecula or San Clemente, with a 10:30 a.m. (Arizona time) start.
Two more games are scheduled Wednesday (Dec. 30). Starting times depend upon what the Gators do in the earlier rounds.
The Gators return to regular-season action on Jan. 5 with a home match against Phoenix Pinnacle at Petznick Field.

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