Soccer: Desert Christian boys & girls end dream seasonby Andy Morales on Nov. 04, 2012, under Sports
With two losses, the Desert Christian boys and girls came up just a bit short in their attempt to capture both Division IV soccer titles Saturday afternoon at Gilbert Campo Verde High School.
The girls match against Blue Ridge came first but it was their road to the final that defined their dream season.
The girls compiled a 13-2-1 regular season record and a 2 seed in the state playoffs while playing most of the season with only 10 players on the pitch (they now have 12). As the only girls team from Southern Arizona, this team had the added burden of having to represent our end of the state and they carried that load proudly all the way to the state final.
Mark Harting’s squad has only been in existence for six years but he benefited from having one of the state’s best all-around athletes in Sara Boice on his roster. Desert Christian had played in the 2008 state championship but it was Boice’s 52nd goal of her career that sent them back.
Show Low was the defending state champion but Boice provided the lone goal to take them down 1-0 last Saturday to set Desert Christian up against a rematch of the 2008 final where they lost to Blue Ridge 1-0.
Like 2008, Blue Ridge came in as the top seed and undefeated in 21 matches but Desert Christian scored first Saturday to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead.
Junior captain Jenna Cray scored on a direct kick in the 22nd minute but Blue Ridge tied it up a few minutes later on a goal by Ashley Davidson. Davidson put Blue Ridge on top with a goal as time was about to expire in the first half.
Jill Turner gave Blue Ridge a 3-1 lead in the 56th minute. Turner scored again later in the match to give Blue Ridge a 4-1 lead.
Cray found Boice with about five minutes left to cut the lead down to 4-2 but that was as close as they would get after freshman standout Sarah Butler’s sliding goal was ruled to have come from being off sides.
“In less than 3 months the Desert Christian Girls’ soccer team had surpassed all expectations from anyone that would see them disembark from their bus and wonder where the rest of the team is,” said Harting.
“These 12 needed no one else. Their competitive spirit, their love for God and each other, their positive attitude, and their fight to the very end of the State Championship match made believers out of many who had the pleasure of watching these 12 wonderful ladies. These Mighty 12 took advantage of every opportunity to compete, to execute, and to put themselves in the State final. I and my coaching staff were blessed throughout the season to be part of a story where these 12 showed that they deserved to be one of the last 2 teams playing on the last day of the Fall Soccer season. They are true Champions and their effort will not be forgotten.”
1 Lexi Rorrer GK Jr.
2 Hannah Bjorgum D, GK Fr.
5 Stephanie Smith D Fr.
6 Juilet Saxton FORW, MF Jr.
7 Jenna Cray (C) MF, STRK Jr.
9 McKenna Foxworthy MF, STRK Jr.
10 Sara Boice (C) MF, STRK Sr.
11 Brianna Scionti STRK Sr.
12 Emily Cooper FB, FORW Sr.
13 YunJin Drysdale D Fr.
14 Sarah Butler MF, STRK Fr.
20 Nicole Ayers (C) SWEP Sr.
The boys have had a more stories past than the girls with two state championships and six runner-up finishes in their trophy case.
DESERT CHRISTIAN CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY
2012: D-IV Runner Up to Blue Ridge
2010: 1A-3A Runner Up to Camp Verde
2004: 1A-3A Runner Up to Blue Ridge
2001: 1A-3A Runner Up to Blue Ridge
2000: 1A-3A Runner Up to Chino Valley
1997: 1A-3A Champions over Blue Ridge
1996: 1A-3A Champions over Blue Ridge
1994: 1A-3A Runner Up to Camp Verde
Blue Ridge’s 2-0 victory on Saturday was the rubber match between the two in their championship history, giving the team from Lakeside a 3-2 advantage in state finals.
The win on Saturday also broke a series tie this year where Blue Ridge beat Desert Christian 1-0 on an own goal on September 1 and The Eagles won the rematch on September 28 on a penalty kick to give each team a win.
There were no true goals in this year’s series and the championship match proved no different as Blue Ridge scored twice on penalty kicks to win 2-0 on a penalty kick and a hand ball.
Knoah Brosemann led Blue Ridge with 34 goals (setting a school record) but Desert Christian kept him at bay in all three matches this year. Brosemann’s frustration showed through after he was given a red card with three minutes left in the match for purposely interfering with a throw-in.
The Desert Christian seniors have played in two championship matches and reached the final four all four years. Coach Steve Lord had one of the state’s best goalies regardless of division in senior Gabe Fennema.
3 Leo Thomas FB Jr.
4 Caleb Fisher FORW Sr.
5 Luke Gleason MF Sr.
6 Angelo Thomas FB Fr.
7 Isaac Daily FB Sr.
8 Carter Hoffman FORW Sr.
9 Calvin Smith FB Sr.
10 Gabe Fennema GK Sr.
11 Neil Inman FORW So.
12 Nick Tucker GK Fr.
13 Nate Vasquez FORW So.
14 Kit Thompson FORW So.
15 Ben Brandon FORW Sr.
16 Tommy McGuire MF So.
17 Preston Padilla MF So.
18 Ryan Barents FORW Sr.
19 Allen Bradley FORW Sr.
20 Trevor Jorg FB Sr.
21 Tate McGuire MF Fr.
22 Andrew Vidal FORW Fr.
23 Noah Baker FB Fr.
Saturday, November 3
1 Blue Ridge over 2 Desert Christian, 4-2
Saturday, November 3
2 Blue Ridge over 1 Desert Christian, 2-0