The Ahwatukee Foothills Soccer Club ’99 Girls won their fifth consecutive state title recently at the new Phoenix Rising Stadium in Scottsdale.

During the state cup tournament, the girls scored 29 goals and gave up zero goals.

“This was the final season for this tremendous team, which will go down as one of the best soccer teams ever to play in Ahwatukee,” said team manager Geoff Carr, who is also a former club president and is tournament director.

The club is formally called Ahwatukee Foothills Soccer Club, but bills itself the Ahwatukee ’99 Girls for tournament play. Eventually, the team became known as Ahwatukee 99, in honor of the year most of the team members were born, he said.

The 15 players are primarily from Ahwatukee, but a few live in the East Valley

In a season that went from August to May, the Devils were 13-1 in Arizona and 10-2-2 in elite out-of-state competitions.

The championship run comprises a total of five games, with three of pool play, then a semifinal and a final.

Three players are now bound for Northern Arizona University, where they will play soccer. They are Paige Maling, Emma Robson and Lauren Votto.

Four others who will be playing soccer and their college destinations are: Nikki Hoey, Western Oregon; Jessica Hale, Arizona State University; Carly Bych at Regis College in Colorado; and Izzy Deutsch at the University of Hawaii.

Another standout on the team is Lauren Schooler, whom Carr said “arguably is the top defender in the state. She is going to Penn State University but has elected to not play soccer.

Another player, Alison Turk, received recognition as one of the top midfielders in the state, but will not play soccer when she attends the University of Arizona.

The goalkeeper for all five state championships was Kristin Carr, now a senior at Mountain Pointe High School.

Players born in 1999 and 2000 can contact head coach Barb Chura at barb_chura@yahoo.com if they would like to try out for her 2000 team.

There are eight teams in the top premier league division in Arizona for this age group.

Carr said the team’s accomplishment in winning five championships is attributable primarily to the fact that “these girls stuck together and resisted offers from larger clubs in the Valley, which is rare.”

The Ahwatukee Foothills Soccer Club has merged with Classic SC and is now known as Ahwatukee Classic.  The new club president is Jamie Landreman.
Info: barb_church@yahoo.com.

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