Girls soccer matches to watch this week
Similar to the boys side, a couple girls matches offer intrigue this week (outside tournaments) as the holidays beckon and the schedule gets considerably lighter.
All records are unofficial and as of Tuesday morning. All matches at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Mountain View at Red Mountain: After its noble display of sportsmanship which sent the Toros home early from the Tempe Diablo tournaments, the Toros (4-1) have won three consecutive matches. Sydney Schroeder led Red Mountain to a 2-0 win in the late-November matchup between these rivals for Mountain View’s lone loss this season. Red Mountain (5-2) should feel pretty good about itself these days. After four consecutive wins to begin the season, the Lions lost 1-0 to Desert Vista in the Tempe Diablo semifinals and are coming off a 2-1 loss to defending-champion Highland, so Red Mountain knows it can play with the best.
Perry at Hamilton: Big match for the Huskies (2-3-1) who are coming off a 2-1 loss to Basha on Monday, in which the Bears led 2-0 at intermission and eventually hung on. Perry (4-1-1) has won two in a row and already beat the same Basha team to begin the season. The Pumas outscored their last two opponents (Westwood and Desert Ridge) 17-0 so that dominance will end against Hamilton’s defense.
Desert Vista at Mountain Pointe: It’s the second (and last) time the ‘Tukee schools will play each other in the regular season, and it’s in mid-December? Boooo. Fittingly, the first contest ended in double-overtime and a Mountain Pointe 1-0 win late in November (despite Desert Vista hitting the crossbar three times). Desert Vista is about as hot as anyone in the state with a Tempe Diablo tournament championship and unbeaten this regular season. The Thunder have allowed three goals this season. Danger looms for Mountain Pointe with consecutive matchups against powerful Xavier coming to begin January.