The present looks promising for Xavier Prep’s soccer team. Fueled by a number of young players, particularly freshmen, the Gators have been very competitive all season, with all six of their losses coming by only one or two goals (2 and 4, respectively).
future looks bright as well, particularly if the younger players mature and
A pair of
freshmen played key roles on Friday night (Jan. 31) as the Gators dispatched
visiting Chandler High 7-0, scoring twice in the first half and pulling away in
Montanile scored twice and Eva Allen had one goal and both played good defense.
Both display strong ball-handling skills.
Elizabeth Warren also scored twice, while senior Kaitlyn Lauck and junior
Kendall Warner each scored a goal. Junior Jaden Campbell and sophomore Delaney
DeBusk combined to give XCP the shutout.
The win was
important for the Gators as it evened their record at 6-6-1 and allowed them to
pick up some valuable power points. Xavier currently is 10th in 6A,
with the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s new rankings set to appear on
Tuesday (Feb. 4).
Xavier can win one or both of its final two games against Premier Region
opponents Gilbert Perry (Tuesday at Perry) and Chandler Hamilton (Friday at
Xavier) remains to be seen. The Gators would like to finish in the top eight
and avoid having to compete in a “play-in’’ game in order to qualify for the
“This is the
time of year when you have to step up,’’ said Xavier coach Barb Chura. “Our
energy was up tonight and we played a complete game. Our younger players played
well and we are happy because we were able to get every player into the game.’’
that the team had a good week of practice and focused on offensive play, as
long-time assistant coach Rafael Rios provided key input with that strategy.
tonight showed the girls, “That’s why we do this in practice,’ ’’ Chura said.
opening moments of the contest, Xavier was beating Chandler to the ball most of
the ice with a goal in the first six minutes and Allen followed about 10
minutes later with a long, arching shot from the left side. It looked like it
might have a chance when the ball left her foot, and sure enough, it landed in
the back of the net.
The race was
on in the second half. Montanile scored her first goal on a long shot from the
right side. Warren scored her first goal off a deflection and Montanile was on
the board again to make it 5-0 with 15:22 left in the match.
her goal with about 13 minutes left and Warren got her second with a little
less than seven minutes left.