The weekend’s state final recap from Arizona, Florida and Hawaii includes a coach earning career victory No. 300 in the state final, a tournament MVP skipping the state title celebration to visit his mother in a hospital, a Florida girls’ soccer team winning a state title without a taking shot on goal, a four-peat for Foothills and two other Arizona powers lifting the large-school state titles … again.
ESR recaps the weekend’s state finals:
Division I: In a fitting end, Brophy Prep’s Riggs Lennon cleaned up a rebound from a shot by David Lane to seal the Broncos’ 2-0 state final victory over Desert Vista. The scored marked the 59th for the Virginia signee this season, and his 148th for his career. With Lennon – who passed on Development Academy soccer to play his senior year in high school — leading the way, Brophy has won two state titles in three years and finished as the state runner-up in 2012. Ryan Grotjohn put Brophy on the board with a goal five minutes into the second half before Lennon’s clincher in the 74th minute. Brophy ends 23-2 with its losses coming to top-ranked Montverde Academy (Fla.) and top five-ranked San Clemente (Calif.).
Division II: The dean of Arizona soccer added yet another title to the collection as Salpointe Catholic defeated Apollo 2-0 for its second straight crown. For coach Wolfgang Weber, the state’s all-time winningest coach, it marked his sixth title. Gavino Carranza and Colin O’Brien scored for Salpointe, which finished 25-2-1, with one of the losses coming to Division I champion Brophy.
Division III: Roberto Valenzuela scored twice and Juan Mora and Christopher Villareal added goals as Phoenix Cortez cruised to a 4-0 victory over Coronado. The win marked Cortez’s second straight title and third in four seasons.
Division I: Kellie Peay’s header in the 71st minute lifted Xavier College Prep to a 1-0 victory over Desert Vista in the state final. The win marked Xavier’s third title in five seasons and eighth overall.
Division II: Catalina Foothills won a state title for the fourth straight year, taking down Apollo 3-0 in the final. Emily Parker scored two goals and Aminah Settles scored the other for Foothills (20-3-2). The Tucson-area power has now claimed eight state titles in the past 11 seasons.
Division III: Shannon Costello scored the lone goal as Campo Verde defeated Mingus 1-0 for not only the program’s first state title, but the first crown of any kind for the relatively new school in Gilbert, Ariz. Campo Verde, site of the state finals, is only in its fourth year with varsity athletics.
Class 5A: Despite not having a single shot on goal, Oviedo (16-6-3) managed a shootout victory over Our Lady of Lourdes (20-3-0) in the 4A final by not missing a single attempt. Oviedo claimed its second crown in three seasons with a 5-3 shootout victory. Oviedo’s Mariah Mattingly converted the decisive kick. Lourdes went through the season outscoring its opponents 107-3.
Class 4A: Playing on its home field, Melbourne captured its third state title in five seasons with a dramatic penalty kick victory over George Jenkins following a 1-1 match. Melbourne played the final 50 minutes a player down, yet dominated play and evened the score at 1-1 with less than five minutes remaining on a goal by Olivia DeJong. In the shootout, Jessica Feronti, Taylor Eller, Riley Collins and Jade Smith scored for Melbourne, which completed an undefeated season at 25-0-1. Lauren Greene scored for George Jenkins (24-4-1), which finished as state runner-up for the second straight season.
Class 3A: Sophomore Melanie Monteagudo scored twice and senior Alyssa Robinson added a goal as American Heritage-Plantation (26-2) defeated Ponte Vedra 3-0 in a rematch of last year’s final, which was won by Ponte Vedra (25-3-1). American Heritage’s only losses this year were to 5A Lourdes, the state runner-up, and Douglas. Ponte Vedra’s two losses before the final were to 5A Hagerty.
Class 2A: In perhaps the weekend’s biggest surprise, Ocala Trinity Catholic routed favored and previously undefeated Gulliver Prep 4-1 in the state final. Gulliver Prep spent the season as the top-ranked team in Miami, but it had no answer for Trinity Catholic’s Tabitha Tindell, a Florida Gulf Coast signee who scored three goals. Tindell ended with 52 goals for the season.
Class 1A: Coach Mike Pickett collected career win No. 300 as St. John’s Country Day defeated Evangelical Christian 3-1 for the program’s second straight title and fifth in nine years. Mallory Bane, Ellen Christ and Megan Roberts scored for St. John’s Country Day. SJCD ended 24-1 with its only loss to 3A state runner-up Ponte Vedra.
Division I: Kalani senior standout Leo Klink scored both regulation goals, converted the game-winning penalty kick and was then was whisked away before receiving the state title trophy to a nearby hospital to be with his mother who reportedly sustained a stroke while watching Kalani’s state final win over Punahou. Klink gave Kalani 1-0 and 2-1 leads before Punahou rallied. Klink gave Kalani a 4-2 penalty kick edge and the outcome was sealed when Kalani’s Kazuto Moribe made a match-winning save. Klink was named tournament MVP.
Division II: Tanner Henry and Michael Alonzo scored to lift Kapa’a to a 2-1 win over Mid-Pacific for the program’s second state title in five seasons. Henry, who did not score during the season, had one goal in each of Kapa’a’s three playoff victories.