Brandon Bean: A sweep for Foothills after both teams win in the final secondsby Andy Morales on Nov. 27, 2012, under Sports
Julie Walters has won four state championships at the helm of the Catalina Foothills boys team and Wolfgang Weber has five trophies with Salpointe including last year’s 3-blowout win over Notre Dame.
Likewise, Walters pounded Glendale 5-2 for her last win in 2011.
Weber had coached Salpointe to three straight Brandon Bean championships and it looked like his fourth championship in a row would have to wait until overtime and/or penalty kicks because the match was tied 0-0 with 59 seconds left in regulation.
After almost 80 minutes of play, there were many shots on goal from deep out but only a few shots had a real chance of touching net.
Foothills standout Matthew Romagnolo took a shot in the 24th minute that skipped off the top of the crossbar; Salpointe senior Arturo Vega’s kick after a yellow card was barely deflected by Foothills keeper Spencer Salmon over the crossbar in the 30th minute and Colin O’Brien rolled one just inches to left of the goal in the 49th minute for Salpointe.
But the 61st minute saw the most excitement to that point when Luis Castro took a hard shot on Salmon that could only be slapped out of the box into the wheelhouse of TJ Hope out front who let it fly, only to have it hit the football goal post just above the crossbar.
With time running down, Jean Butron found Garret Baker out front but Baker’s shot flew to the right and Foothills would have to wait for Baker’s heroics for a few minutes later.
Salpointe almost ended it, however, on a mad scramble in the mixer when Will Martin took several shots on Salmon at point blank range in the 77th minute. With Salmon out of position after the second shot, Tyler Rice became the last man on defense for Foothills and he stepped in front of the goal and blocked a sure winner to save the game.
Jack Ferguson found Baker on kick resulting from another yellow card and Baker found all net with 59 seconds left in the match.
Walters’ 2012 roster does not include Tyler James, Matt Walker, Rodrigo Cordeiro or Forrest Breeding but it looks like she has been able to find replacements in a hurry. Her team is now 5-0-1 on the season with only one match having a comfortable winning margin.
At this stage, however, a 1-0 win over a powerhouse like Salpointe is as comfortable as it gets.
The Falcons are set to host the Lancers on Monday, December 3 for a regular season rematch. That match will have seeding ramifications. Expect Weber to come back in force.
Winning the Brandon Bean Award for best keeper was Salpointe sophomore Taylor Anderson. The Laura Kea Award for outstanding field player was shared by Vega and Ferguson.
With six state championships, Catalina Foothills girls soccer coach Charlie Kendrick has already become the most decorated coach in the state of Arizona.
The Falcons have won seven championships all together with Kendrick leading them to six since 2005 – including the last three in a row. With all those trophies, there is no way Catalina Foothills can retire jerseys from their past all-stars.
The team lost 12 seniors from last year’s championship team alone including Sheridan Cohen (Arizona), Savanna Schmidt (Chapman) and Southern Arizona player of the year Jenna Glad (Colorado).
“Some people said we can finally take Foothills,” said sophomore forward Emily Parker.
“We have a deep bench and someone will always fill in. That’s what do at Catalina Foothills. There will always be someone to step into big shoes.”
Parker filled some big shoes in a hurry with her game-winning goal against Sahuaro in the championship match of the Brandon Bean Tournament held at Salpointe Monday night.
With the score tied 2-2, in a regulation-style match, it was do-or-die for Parker as she let another long shot fly from her spot on the right with 16 seconds left. Sahuaro junior keeper Leah Jarvis had stopped numerous attempts from the talented Foothills front line and Parker had seen several of her previous attempts swallowed up by Jarvis.
This time, Parker found the net and the match was won with only 13 seconds left on the clock.
“I was getting frustrated,” added Parker. “I knew the game was on the line and I told myself it was going to go in this time. Once I saw where it was going I knew it was in. That’s when I turned at looked at the clock and saw how close it was.”
Had her shot not gone in, the match would have been extended to two overtime periods and then possibly penalty kicks.
Sahuaro had lost to Catalina Foothills 5-1 in the first match of the tournament last Monday. Since that loss, the team went on a 27-to-2 scoring binge to make it to the final for a rematch.
Foothills had only given up two goals in their five wins and the Sahuaro duo of senior Anyssa Dagnino and junior Jasmine Simmons added to that total in the third minute after Simmons found Dagnino for the early 1-0 lead.
Dagnino and Simmons are two of the best scoring threats in the state and they kept up constant pressure on Foothills senior keeper Laura DeMers (New Mexico) but Foothills was able to tie the game 1-1 on a long shot by junior Emily Green that bounced back to her on a corner kick from Alexandria Skidmore that was defended nicely by Sahuaro.
Green found herself all alone at the top of the box and let it fly for the 20-yard goal in the 17th minute.
Simmons kept on attacking and she put Sahuaro back up 2-1 on an unassisted goal in the 24th. DeMers had to make three diving stops on Simmons the rest of the way but junior Aminah Settles took a pass from junior Kendall Karon in the 50th minute to tie it all back up 2-2.
Sahuaro appeared to score a minute later with a scramble in the box but the side judge ruled possession to disallow the goal.
Jarvis blocked a shot by junior Amber Measley three minutes later and the DeMers dove to stop Simmons in the 61st.
Parker shot wide left a minute later and Simmons was stopped again in the 65th. Karon shot just over the crossbar in the 74th and it looked like the teams would be headed to overtime before Parker finally got one past Jarvis.
DeMers was awarded the Brandon Bean Award for the best keeper of the tournament and Sahuaro’s Allison Raniere earned the Laura Kea Award for the best field player. Raniere scored the lone goal against Foothills on Monday.
David Kruszewski led Sahuaro to the 2009 final where Flowing Wells won 1-0 on penalty kicks. Foothills and Sahuaro are scheduled to meet again on January 8 at Foothills.
With the resignation of Lisa Oyen, the University of Arizona coaching position is wide open. Let me be the first to say Kendrick should be given high consideration from Athletic Director Greg Byrne for at least an assistant coaching spot.
It’s a no-brainer.
Parker, along with her teammate/sister senior Maddie are the daughters of former Arizona and NFL great Glenn Parker. He assured me after the match that he had nothing to do with the skill and success of his daughters…
Salpointe senior Christian Garcia will miss another year of soccer, this time due to a surgery that will keep him out until February. Garcia was the major force for Salpointe last year. He was unable to play as a freshman due to another injury.
This was the first Brandon Bean championship for Walters.