Boys soccer matches to watch this week
It’s a day late (and probably more than a dollar short) but a few interesting boys soccer matches commence this week, outside tournaments, as schools wrap up finals and begin holiday tournaments or holiday vacations.
Here’s a few on the boys side. All records are unofficial as of Tuesday morning. All matches are 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted:
Basha at Chandler: After a nice start to the season with wins against a solid Perry bunch and Skyline, the Bears (2-3) have hit the skids a bit recently. They drew a tough draw through the Tempe Diablo Tournament (of course most everyone had a tough draw with that tournament lineup) and are coming off consecutive 1-0 losses to Highland and Hamilton, respectively. Chandler (1-3) also began the year with a nice win against Yuma Cibola, but it’s been three consecutive losses – all 1-0 – since; twice to Dobson and once to Cesar Chavez. Someone has to score a goal, right? These two teams will play each other again immediately after holiday break on Jan. 8.
Hamilton at Perry (Tuesday); Perry at Hamilton (Thursday at 5 p.m.): The Huskies are 6-1 and looking every bit like a championship contender again so far in this earlygoing, that lone loss being 1-0 to Desert Vista in the Tempe Diablo championship match. Perry is up to 5-2 this season and has won three consecutive matches. Its losses are 1-0 to Red Mountain and 3-1 to Basha. These schools will play each other twice in three days, hopefully for the last time as new scheduling block beginning next year seeks to even out the scheduling dates.
Red Mountain at Mountain View: Red Mountain (3-3-1) has been consistent of late, despite inconsistent results. Losses to Phoenix Maryvale and a solid Corona del Sol team early have given way to a couple 1-0 wins, a couple 1-0 losses and a tie, and the Lions raised some eyebrows with a nice run into the semifinals of the Tempe Diablo Classic. The Toros (2-4-1) lost 3-0 to a good Mesa team, but its other three defeats have all been by a goal. They’re coming off a tie against Phoenix Central and a match (Tuesday) against Casa Grande. The Lions won the first matchup, 2-1, to close out November.
Higley at Marcos de Niza (Friday at 4 p.m.): This could be an antidote for Higley (3-6) which has put itself on three-game streaks all season (three losses followed by three wins and currently three losses). Higley is coming off 2-1 losses to both Skyline and Williams Field. The Knights get McClintock on Tuesday night, and though Tempe High is also struggling, this will be the Padres’ second match in two days.