The Marana girls soccer team saw their season come to a stunning end. 48 hours after beating Flowing Wells to win the 5A Sonoran Region crown, the Cabs turned the tables and best the Tigers 1-0 in a Conference play-in game.
The conference play-in game is part of the post season as teams seeded 9-24 meet up in a single elimination contest with the winners then being re-seeded as part of the main 16-team bracket.
Marana entered the game ranked No. 10 in the state in 5A and were hosting their first postseason game in school history.
The Tigers dominated the action, taking 34 shots in the game as compared to just two for Flowing wells.
“None of our shots went in,” said Marana Head Coach Dan Tarquin. “It was crazy.”
A strange play led to the lone Flowing Wells goal. In the 60th minute the Marana goalie cleared the ball, only it hit a Tiger defender and took a strange bounce right back at the goal and over the goalie’s head.
Marana finished the season at 20-4 overall and 10-3 in regular season games.
48 hours earlier, the two schools played another tight contest. Playing much of the game in the rain, the Tigers survived wet, cold conditions to beat the host Caballeros 2-1 in the regular season finale for both teams. The win allowed the Tigers to claim the regional title.
Marana scored on an early corner kick when Reilly Kalina sent a ball through the box and found Cody Lynn on the far post for the redirect.
Flowing Wells tied it up on a penalty kick, but Marana answered when Kalina had a break out and made the pass to Sadirah Hamilton for the goal.
With less than a minute left Flowing Wells had a free kick from the left side of the Marana box. The Cabs put a shot on goal that the Marana goalie blocked, but before she was able to gather in the ball, it was poked away by a Flowing Wells attacker, who was able to get off an odd angle shot, but it harmlessly hit the side of the net.
Ironwood Ridge beat Cienega 5-0 to clinch the 5A Southern Region title last Tuesday and earned a top-8 seed and avoided the conference play-in game. The Nighthawks went 4-0 in the region, outscoring their opponents 14-0. They have seven straight shutouts in regular season games and have not given up a goal in a regular season game since Dec. 16.
They earned the No. 4 seed in the state playoffs and host No. 13 Independence on Feb. 1. If they win they would host the winner of the Campo Verde/Cienega game on February 4.
On the boys side Mountain View also earned the No. 10 seed and beat No. 23 Agua Fria 1-0 in their conference play-in game. The Mountain Lions were set to face No. 7 Independence on Jan. 31 on Independence’s home field in the Phoenix area, but results were not available before press time.
The Mountain Lions won the 5A Southern Region with a 3-0-1 record. Although they tied second place Buena 0-0 in their regional showdown, the Colts suffered a strange loss to fifth place Cienega that proved to be the difference.
Junior Shame Fleming had the lone Mountain View goal, while goalie Casey Hartill turned away five shots for the shutout win.
Ironwood Ridge standout Daniel Peabody has committed to New Mexico to play football. Peabody originally committed to San Jose State in August, but parted ways with the Spartans and chose to play for the Lobos.
The 6-2, 220-pound tight end/defensive end had over 600 yards on offense, including 346 receiving yards. He scored seven times. He also had 28 tackles and four sacks for the Nighthawks.
Peabody is considered a 2-star recruit by 247Sports and is rated as the No. 109 tight end in the 2017 class.
Pusch Ridge two-way standout Edwin Lovett committed to the Colorado School of Mines. Lovett played both wide receiver and defensive back for the Lions. As a senior he had 796 receiving yards and nine scores this season. For his career he had 41 catches for 1,059 yards and 14 scores. He also 106 tackles and five interceptions in 40 games. He helped the Lions win a state title in 2015.
The Marana girls basketball team is on a roll. The Tigers have won 8-straight regular season games and have stretched their record to 14-1. They beat Then No. 10 Cienega 51-38. The Tigers pulled away in the fourth quarter by outscoring the Bobcats 18-7.
Alyssa Perez led the way with 19 points and Mele Hala’ufia added 18. Both were an efficient 9-13 from the field.