Saneya Cowing heads a ball that bounded into the net during the playoff game at Campo Verde.

The Maricopa High School girls soccer team kept a lid on second-ranked Campo Verde much of the game Saturday but ultimately fell 3-1 in the state championship bracket. Seeded 15th in the round of 16, the Rams had the Coyotes scoreless until late in the first half. Campo Verde had the 1-0 lead at the break, but MHS tied the score off a bouncing header from senior Saneya Cowing.

The Coyotes broke through and scored twice more in the final 20 minutes, however, to move on to the quarterfinal. Maricopa’s season ended with a 9-7-1 record overall but with high expectation for the coming seasons as the team is laden with sophomores and freshmen.

Cowing and sophomore McKinley Hacker were both in the 5A San Tan region’s Top 10 in scoring during the season. Sophomores Lexi Rowe and Anna Kramarczyk were Top 10 assists leaders. Next year, the MHS soccer teams move to the 6A Desert Southwest region.

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