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, December 5, 2019

Soccer: Just push button and a copy comes out

Xavier Prep’s soccer players liked what they did so much in a season-opening win over Tolleson High on Tuesday night (Dec. 3) that they made a copy in Game 2 on Wednesday night (Dec. 4) with the identical 8-0 score against visiting Phoenix Maryvale at Petznick Field.

Seniors Kaitlyn Lauck and Brynn Lebel led the way. Lauck scored two goals and Lebel scored a goal and added an assist for the Gators, who scored four goals in each half.

The Xavier Prep soccer team kneels in prayer before Wednesday night's match against Phoenix Maryvale (photo by Sr. Lynn Winsor).
Others who found the back of the net were sophomore Ansley Burns, senior Elizabeth Warren, junior Sophie Healy, senior Clara Lynch and sophomore Olivia Castrichini. Xavier coach Barb Chura praised the efforts of junior forward Kendall Warner, who had an assist and helped the offense run smoothly with some timely passing.

Junior Jaden Campbell and sophomore Delaney DeBusk were good in goal, helping to keep Maryvale off the board.

Xavier will play its first road match of the season on Friday (Dec. 6) against Phoenix Desert Vista in Ahwatukee. Start time is 6 p.m.

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