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State soccer: Pride girls adjust to space, Kipper gets winning goal

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Posted: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 8:34 pm

MESA - The Mountain Pointe girls soccer team controlled the ball nearly all match, pressured the ball against Yuma San Luis and rarely had to defend a serious offensive threat.

Yet the Pride's Class 5A Division I first-round postseason match was scoreless with less than 10 minutes left.

For a team that has played most of the second half of the season without about six starters due injury it was just another thing to overcome.

And it Mountain Pointe did, getting a goal from Kiley Kipper, for a 1-0 win at Red Mountain Park.

"We had to relax and stay under control," she said. "It was a team goal. We worked the ball all match and finally get one in. We've had to adjust and make the most of the players we have. It's not always about the skill but the heart."

The seventh-seeded Pride moves on to Saturday's quarterfinals and faces No. 2 Hamilton, a team they have lost twice this season.

"I am hoping it is the laws of threes," Mountain Pointe coach Mark Wilson said. "We know them and they know us. It will be a tough match and we are going to have to play much better than we did (Tuesday). We are going to battle it out.

Wilson said the team struggled with San Luis' style of hanging back defensively instead of putting pressure on the Pride, who had Gabrielle Romero get the shutout in goal, each time they got the ball.

"We didn't know what to do with the free space," Wilson said. "We are used getting pounded and pushed when we got near the goal. They waited and reacted to whatever we did instead of forcing the issue."

The Pride has missed top players such as Karen Kierstad, Morgan Phister, Chase Winstead and Ashley Mutchek.

"We've had to use duct tape to keep it together," Wilson said. "We played well enough to win and that is all that matters now."


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