Girls’ and boys’ soccer wrapped up the regular season Tuesday with victories for Maricopa High School. But the year isn’t over for the girls.
Posting a record of 8-5-1 (3-2), the girls’ soccer team finished ranked 22nd in 5A. That qualified them for the state’s sectional play-in, a chance to play for a spot in the state tournament.
The Rams play Thursday at 6 p.m. at Sahuaro High School in Tucson. Sahuaro is ranked 11th in 5A despite ending its season with three losses and a tie.
“We have a decent chance to win,” coach Morgan Davis said.
The teams have not met this season and had only one opponent in common. Sahauro beat Poston Butte 2-1; Maricopa beat Poston Butte 4-1. Davis said she used that gauge and Sahuaro’s overall performance to assess her own players. That gives her high expectations.
In Tuesday’s game at McClintock, the Maricopa girls won 7-0. Four of the goals came from the foot of junior Shannon Coutré. Also scoring were sophomores Senaya Cowing and Payson Hacker and freshman Jezelle Magallanes.
Coutré leads the team overall with 20 goals and 47 points, moving her into the top 10 in the region. That was a personal ambition for Coutré, who was this season’s team choice for captain.
“She’s stepped up her game,” Davis said. “She started leading as a player and off the field, and sort of became a mentor to the younger players.”
Junior Bianca Olivares has seven goals and 16 points.
Meanwhile, the boys ended the season with Senior Night and a 3-0 shutout of McClintock. Their overall record was 6-7-3 (1-4). Their final 5A state ranking was 26.