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.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Gators finally find goal, stop Horizon

Shot, wide. Shot, high. Shot, save.
Kick after kick, the Xavier Prep soccer team was close to scoring goals in the first half of Wednesday night’s (Jan. 13) game against visiting Phoenix Horizon, but the Gators had nothing to show for it in a scoreless tie.
You got the idea that if the Gators continued to shoot, the odds would turn in their favor and the ball would find the back of the net.
Finally, about six minutes into the second half, Xavier came through with a goal by senior Lex Allard. Freshman Emily Chiao added another score with 4:04 left in the contest, and XCP went on to record a 2-0 triumph.
Xavier raised its record to 11-2. After a hard-nosed effort by Horizon, the Huskies slipped to 3-7.
Sophomore goalkeeper Kinsey Ehmann had another strong effort for the Gators, trading saves with her Horizon counterpart.
With about 15 minutes left in the game, Horizon appeared that it was on the way to tying it up but Ehmann leaped and tipped the ball just over the goal for the save.
A few minutes later, Horizon made another push and had a good chance to score on a header, but Ehmann tipped the ball back and over the goal again.
Xavier returns to action with a pair of road games next week, on Tuesday (Jan. 19) at Phoenix Desert Vista and Friday (Jan. 22) at Scottsdale Chaparral. The Gators have only one more regular-season home game before the start of the Division I state tournament, and that is Jan. 25 against Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor.

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