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Big game with Safford Thursday

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Posted: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 8:09 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

The Pusch Ridge soccer team won its 14th straight game last week, defeating the Valley Christian Trojans 4-1.

The win leaves the 14-2 Lions ranked sixth in the 1A/2A/3A rankings, right behind fifth-ranked Safford, which comes to Oro Valley for the regular-season finale at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28.

Matt Horrigan scored one goal and assisted on two others for the Lions, who outshot the Trojans 12-4.

"We got lucky," Horrigan said. "We can always get better. We got the win. That' s what matters."

The Lions opened the scoring with a goal in the third minute, as Horrigan fed Mitch Woody, who connected.

The Trojans got even in the 17th minute on a goal by Dave McClure. But it was short-lived, as Chad Springetti nailed a kick into the right corner of the net for a 2-1 Lions lead. There were more missed opportunities by the Lions, who controlled the game, and some luck when a Trojan shot hit the post. Then, in the 37th minute, Horrigan scored to give the Lions a comfortable halftime lead, 3-1.

"Getting a two-goal lead is a good buffer," coach Bob Coate said.

Even with that margin, the Lions maintained offensive pressure in the second half.

"We' re more of a second-half team," Coate said.

During the early second-half flurry, Horrigan got a shot on goal. A minute later, Woody had a one-one-one with the goalkeeper before missing. Woody also missed on another shot attempt.

In the 58th minute, Springetti got off a beautiful shot, but it hit the left post and bounced off. He came back with another strong kick, which bent the goalkeeper backwards like a fierce wind blowing, not unlike the breeze that blew continuously throughout the afternoon contest.

The Trojans were unable to penetrate the penalty box until a shot in the 58th minute.

In the 63rd minute, Geoff Pooley scored on an assist from Horrigan for the Lions'  final goal.

Later, the action turned physical. After a Lion player appeared to knock down a Trojan, the Trojan retaliated and was carded for unsportsmanlike conduct. A few minutes later, Pooley was injured and let out a painful yell.

"A guy stepped on his ankle," Coate said. "We hope he'll be OK for Safford. It wasn't intentional."

The first time, the Lions played Safford, Pusch Ridge defeated the Bulldogs on penalty kicks.

"Safford was probably the best team we've played this year," Coate said. "They'll give us their best shot when they get here."


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Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)


Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions


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