It had been 11 days since Xavier Prep last played a soccer match. So the Gators were more than ready to go when they traveled to face Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor on Friday (Feb. 19).
Xavier unleashed a lot of energy, mixing its offense with a strong defense to pick up a 3-0 victory over the Eagles.
Xavier entered the contest at No. 9 on the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s 6A Conference power points list, while Sandra Day O’Connor was 10th. Xavier is now 3-2 overall and Sandra Day O’Connor is 4-4-1. The next power points rankings will be released on Tuesday (Feb. 23) at noon.
Xavier’s three victories are by shutout and its two losses were by one goal each, including an overtime setback to Chandler Hamilton.
The first goal by the Gators against SDO came in the first half, the other two in the second.
The goals were scored by senior Megan McGinty, sophomore Tessa Montanile and junior Hennessy Perez. Tallying assists were junior Ansley Burns, sophomore Bella Leonard and sophomore Eva Allen.
Senior goalkeeper Jaden Campbell earned the shutout, picking up 11 saves.
The pace will pick up for Xavier in the coming week with two home matches, against Glendale Mountain Ridge on Tuesday night and top-ranked Phoenix Pinnacle on Thursday night (Feb. 25). Pinnacle was 10-0 before it fell to Gilbert Highland on Sept. 18.