It took some extra time but once all of the penalty kicks were sorted out the all Ahwatukee Maroon Bracket finals came to fruition.
Both Mountain Pointe and Desert Vista girls soccer teams won two matches on Monday to advance to one of two Arizona Soccer Showcase finals and will face each other for their bracket championship.
The Pride beat Mingus 3-0 on penalty kicks after a scoreless regulation, while the Thunder snuck past Desert Mountain 4-3 in penalty kicks.
The Mountain Pointe boys are also in the finals as the Pride beat Northwest Christian 3-1 in the semifinals. They will face Copper Canyon for the Maroon bracket title.
They advance to Tuesday’s 9 a.m. match at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in North Phoenix.
“It’s going to be an intense match,” Thunder coach Marvin Hypolite said. “We know each other well and it will be a big match.”
While this match is for a tournament title, the two programs will face off again Jan. 9 at Desert Vista in power point game.
“I want to win this one,” said Pride coach Mark Wilson said when asked which one he’d rather win.
“And then I want to win that, too. I want to win them both, but the (regular match) has more impact. It should be a good match.”
The Thunder (10-3) are dealing with some injuries, including goalie Alexa Ryder, but it hasn’t stopped them from playing at a high level.
Junior Kacey Curtain stepped in the goal and stopped one penalty kick attempt and had another attempt go wide left to help the Thunder secure the victory after Tatum Heeres, Samantha Iannone, Olive Jones and Lauren Schooler found the back of the net.
“We are coming together and doing some things well,” Hypolite said. “There is plenty of areas where we can improve, but we’ve made some steps.”
The Pride (8-4) scored on all three of their PKs as Ashleigh Turk, Allison Turk and Grace Blair got the job done while Gabriella Romano preserved the shutout.
Mountain Pointe ended up getting a forfeit into the semifinals after its California opponent decided to make the trip back home instead of playing Monday morning.
“We didn’t play our best game (against Mingus) and it would have been good to have a match before we played them,” senior Claire Wilmink said. “We know we have to play better against DV.”
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