Maricopa varsity girls warm up for their game as the boys come off the field at the end of their first game. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Maricopa High School soccer opened its season Tuesday by splitting home games against McClintock.

This season, the boys’ and girls’ varsity teams are mostly playing the same schools on the same days to save wear-and-tear on head coach Cortney Kellenaers, who has taken over both programs.

The boys started the action in the early game, with Dylan Romo scoring first off an assist by Logen Thomas. Keeper Zepeda Armando held McClintock scoreless through the first half with good-to-great saves, but the Chargers locked in for the second half to win 3-1.

The MHS girls had an easier time with McClintock, winning their first game 5-0 as sophomore McKinley Hacker scored back-to-back, junior Madison Tyler scored two, sophomore Lexy Rowe had one goal, and freshman keeper Alyssa DeMascio put up a 0 for goals-against. Hacker, Rowe and  Anna Kramarczyk had assists.

The teams next play Thursday at Williams Field, this time with the girls playing the early game at 4 p.m.

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