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Soccer: Tukee teams struggle on Day 2 of Diablo

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Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 7:39 pm

Day two of the Bill Vanney/Tempe Diablo soccer tournament was not a good one for the Ahwatukee schools.

The area went 1-3 on Tuesday at the Tempe Sports Complex with only the Desert Vista girls winning.

The Thunder defeated Gilbert 3-2, while the Desert Vista boys lost 5-4 to Gilbert.

The Mountain Pointe boys dropped a 4-2 match to Chaparral, while the Pride girls fell 3-1 to Chandler.

Pride boys coach Bryan Sabato, whose team is 1-3 overall and 0-2 in the tournament, is having a devil of time getting a handle on his squad in the early going.

“It’s very disappointing right now,” said Sabato, whose squad takes on Hamilton on Wednesday at 4 p.m. “We can’t figure out how to defend. We can’t figure out what time we want to be when we have the ball. We can’t really figure out what kind of team we want to be when we don’t have the ball.

“Guys that need to step up aren’t stepping up.”

The Pride girls, who are 2-2 overall and 0-2 in the tournament, are changing up personnel and formations in order for Mark Wilson can get a feel for his squad.

“It’s didn’t work out today,” he said. “We are working on some things and do the same (on Wednesday against Corona del Sol at 6 p.m.). We played them next week so I don’t want to show them my hand. We will mix it up.

The Thunder girls are 2-0 in the tournament heading into Wednesday’s match against Hamilton (4 p.m.). A win guarantees a spot in Thursday’s semifinals while a loss might sneak them in as the wild card (three pool winners and an at-large bid based on tiebreakers make the semis).

The Thunder boys are 1-1 in the tournament heading into Wednesday’s match against Red Mountain (6 p.m.) and need a win in order to possibly play in the semis.

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or Follow him on Twitter @JSkodaAFN.

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