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.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Soccer bounces back, shuts out Chaparral

Xavier Prep’s soccer team hopes to use a big 3-0 road win over Scottsdale Chaparral on Friday night (Jan. 22) as a stepping stone to a strong finish in the upcoming final week of the regular season.
The Gators scored all of their goals in the second half and raised their record to 12-3, remaining as the No. 1 team in the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s power points category. Phoenix Desert Vista, which defeated Xavier 1-0 earlier in the week, is No. 2.
Sophomore Nicole Hook scored the first XCP goal, followed by scores from sophomore Abby Hubbard and junior Madie Amavilah. Freshman Sadie Wintergalen provided a pair of assists, and sophomore goalkeeper Kinsey Ehmann came up with another shutout.
Xavier has its final two games of the regular season this week, at home on Monday (Jan. 25) against Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor and a road contest on Wednesday (Jan. 27) at Anthem Boulder Creek.

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