Coronado vs. Williams Field boys soccer matchup
With Division III soccer getting a head start this week on its semifinals (and Friday’s championship matches) — Campo Verde vs. Verrado girls’ showdown is Tuesday night — the two East Valley representations on the boys side will be Wednesday night’s nightcap.
Division III Boys Soccer semifinal
No. 4 Williams Field vs. No. 1 Coronado
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Arcadia H.S. (4703 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix)
Outlook: It’s been an impressive run for Williams Field this season and in this tournament. The Black Hawks lost in the first round of the playoffs last year, their only previous postseason appearance. WF rolled through Estrella Foothills the first round, then won 2-1 against Scottsdale Christian in the quarterfinals on Saturday, but this matchup is a whole different animal. Unfortunately (or fortunately if the Black Hawks win) this Coronado team is closer to the Campo Verde team that beat WF 6-1 a couple weeks ago (the Black Hawks only power rankings loss this season), then it is to what Williams Field has seen for most of its regular season/playoff schedule. Domenico Scafaria’s Black Hawks have a standout group of seniors, led by forwards Luis Reynoso, Londonn Rogers and Ben Martinez, plus juniors Heber Tenney and Devin Blanchard. Mike Tsorin’s Coronado squad was considered by many as the Div. III favorites since the start of the season, and the postseason arrival did little to change those perceptions, although Tsorin wasn’t pleased with his team’s performance in the 4-2 win against Fountain Hills in the quarterfinals, and the Dons have had a couple nagging injuries. The Dons have a talented, deep senior class (Victor Perez, Jesse Garcia, Eduardo Perez, Cesar Cervantes, Adolfo Colado and Juan Reyes) who were part of last year’s heartbreaking loss to Cortez in the 2012 championship match (Cortez is playing Palo Verde in the other semifinal on Wednesday afternoon). The Dons offense is prolific and defense/goaltending has been nearly as slick, and even a relatively soft power rankings schedule was flanked by good competition in the Cactus Cup tournament in mid-December. It’s difficult not to feel as if this is Coronado’s year. These two schools have not played each other this season.