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Foothills girls shocked at state; Flowing Wells gets stops

Citizen Staff Writer



The Catalina Foothills High girls soccer team was stunned in the quarterfinals for the second straight year, this time thanks to Flowing Wells on Saturday.

Flowing Wells goalkeeper Brooke Anderson came up with several huge saves down the stretch and senior star Skye Schultz connected on an overtime goal from 20 yards out in the 84th minute that sent the Lady Cabs to the Class 4A Division I semifinals.

Flowing Wells advances to the 4A-I semifinals at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Tucson High against No. 4 Prescott, a 2-0 winner Friday over No. 5 Cienega.

For Catalina Foothills, Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the No. 9-seeded Flowing Wells means the Falcons bow out of the 4A-I girls soccer tournament as the No. 1 seed in the quarterfinals for the second straight year after having won three consecutive state titles from 2005-07.

Foothills was upset in 2008 by No. 8 Sabino, a 4A Kino Region team like Flowing Wells. Both games, Saturday’s Flowing Wells win and the 2008 Sabino victory, were played at Tucson High.

“I was really nervous,” Anderson said. “Going out here I knew it was a huge game. Being back there was nerve- racking because of the (artificial) turf and I’m not used to it. Overall, I think I played one of my best games of the season.”

Flowing Wells got on the board first with a Celeste Carrera goal in the 61st minute off a Schultz assist.

Foothills came up with a goal in the 77th minute from Sam Worden to push the game into overtime. The goal from 45 yards out sailed under the crossbar and by Anderson’s outstretched hands.

“We just couldn’t settle down and pass,” Foothills coach Charlie Kendrick said. “At this level if you play the ball forward, you (can force) the other team into making a mistake. We ended up creating that shot and it was a great goal.”

Anderson came up with a big save in the 74th minute when she covered up a Katerina Rawan corner kick and was knocked into the goal with the ball after the play had been stopped.

“I grabbed the ball and I was off of my feet,” Anderson said. “Two players ran into me and shoved me into the goal when I had possession of the ball. . . . I knew I had to be on my game because they’re a tough opponent.”

With Anderson stopping most of the close shots, Foothills was forced to shoot from outside the box.

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