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Posted: Wednesday, February 3, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 8:16 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

The long-awaited season finales were worth the wait for both Pusch Ridge soccer teams, which hosted Safford teams on Saturday.

The contests, moved ahead after Thursday's rains, were also senior appreciation day. Both Lion teams were hoping to win, and gain high seeds in this week's state tournament.

Both squads prevailed.

The girls won handily, 4-0, behind Chelsea Ruland's hat trick. Pusch Ridge ultimately earned the #2 seed and a first-round bye. The Lions play the winner of #7 Northwest Christian and #10 St. Gregory's this Saturday at Red Mountain Park in Mesa.

The boys beat Safford 2-1, with Matt Horrigan scoring twice. Pusch Ridge earned the #1 seed, and was scheduled to play #16 Tanque Verde at Red Mountain Park on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Ruland finished the year as the leading scorer in Southern Arizona with 41 goals. Briana Simpson of Sahuaro was second with 26. Marana's Ashley Willoughby was third, and Mountain View's Justene Kesterson fourth.

"I've got to give it to the whole team," Ruland said. "If we keep playing as a team, playing aggressive, we can pull it off."

Ruland opened the scoring in the fourth minute to give the Lions an early 1-0 lead.

The Lions had an early flurry, as they came out firing. They nailed five shots on goal in the first 10 minutes, while the Bulldogs, who had four shots all day, didn't manage a shot on goal until the 15th minute.

Safford goalkeeper Sabrina Montano had eight saves to keep Safford in the game. Then, Ruland got loose on a breakaway, and scored in the 37th minute, giving the Lions a 2-0 halftime lead.

In the 58th minute, Ruland put the game away with an unbelievable shot. After taking a pass from Brennan Smith, Ruland initiated contact with the defender, started falling down, and then kicked the ball before going to the ground. The ball rolled and rolled, and then found the left side of the net for the third goal.

Cortney Beadle scored the final goal for Pusch Ridge in the 69th minute, following assists from Anna Hagberg and Neely Roessler.

"I thought we played very well," said coach Bob Coate. "We have a solid defense. They did a good job."

The Lions finished the year unbeaten in region.

"I felt like we had the team that could do it," Coate said. "We had a good run last year."

Coate's other team, the Pusch Ridge boys, wrapped up the #1 seed later Saturday.

Matt Horrigan scored in the fourth minute with a long kick that flew high into the net for the Lions first goal, and the game's only goal before halftime.

Horrigan scored again in the 47th minute on an assist from Mitch Woody to give the Lions a 2-0 lead.

Horrigan finished the regular season with 15 goals and 16 assists. Woody had 19 goals and 15 assists. The team's leading scorer was Chad Springetti with 22 goals.

"Safford was probably the best team we played all year," Coate said.

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HS Schedule

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)

Swimming

Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

 

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