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, January 11, 2017

XCP soccer downs Hamilton in OT on road

Xavier Prep’s soccer team scored perhaps its biggest win of the season to date with a 2-1 overtime victory over Chandler Hamilton on Tuesday night (Jan. 10).
It was a bit of revenge of sorts for the Gators (6-2-1), who fell to Hamilton in the (then) Division I semifinals last season. Hamilton advanced to the final and was edged out by Phoenix Desert Vista in a shootout.
Junior forward Abby Hubbard and sophomore forward Kyla Ferry each scored a goal for XCP. Hubbard assisted on Ferry’s goal and was named the MaxPreps Player of the Game by Gators coach Barb Chura.
Chura said Hubbard’s “dynamic skills were on full display in a highly competitive match. She led a complete team effort with a goal and an assist in besting a talented Hamilton team.’’
Next up for the Gators is a home match on Thursday (Jan. 12) at 6 p.m. against Yuma Kofa. Xavier also will play a road match at Phoenix Pinnacle on Friday (Jan. 13) at 6 p.m.

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