Xavier Prep’s soccer team will be the No. 2 seed in the 6A Conference state tournament that begins on Wednesday (Feb. 1). The Arizona Interscholastic Association announced the brackets on Friday (Jan. 27).
The Gators (10-2-3) will host a first-round match at 6 p.m. against Mesa Mountain View (11-6-1), the No. 15 seed.
Should Xavier defeat Mountain View, it would host a quarterfinal match on Feb. 4 against No. 10 Tucson or No. 7 Phoenix Pinnacle. That would be an afternoon match, likely at 2 p.m. Xavier battled Pinnacle to a 2-2 tie at Pinnacle on Jan. 13.
Xavier’s leaders are sophomore Kyla Ferry, junior Abby Hubbard, senior Quiqui Hita and junior goalkeeper Kinsey Ehmann. The latter helped produce a 2-0 shutout win over Chandler Basha in the regular-season finale on Jan. 24.
Here is the first-round schedule for the 6A Conference . . .No. 16 Mesa Desert Ridge at No. 1 Chandler Hamilton, No. 9 Tempe Corona del Sol at No. 8 Gilbert Highland, No. 12 Tucson Rincon/University at No. 5 Phoenix Desert Vista, No. 13 Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor at No. 4 Scottsdale Desert Mountain, No. 14 Chandler at No. 3 Goodyear Millennium, No. 11 Gilbert at No. 6 Gilbert Perry, No. 10 Tucson at No. 7 Phoenix Pinnacle, No. 15 Mesa Mountain View at No. 2 Xavier Prep