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Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:04 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

Kailtyn Lopez is poised to trigger nightmares for a lot of soccer goalies.

Lopez, a rising Ironwood Ridge freshman, is competing this week among the country’s top 100 14-and-under players at U.S. Soccer’s National Player Pool in Pomona, Calif.

Lopez is the only Arizonan at the camp, which places 25 players from four national regions onto a path that could lead to college scholarships — and Olympic tryouts.

“It’s quite an honor knowing you’re in the top 100 players among your age group in the nation,” Lopez said.

The Arizona Rush forward doesn’t know why she fell in love with soccer in the first place, only that she’s gunning for a spot on the Nighthawks’ varsity squad this fall.

The position could be a lock. Rush coach Dalton Kaufman said Lopez held her own against internationally tested players twice her age when she first joined the league.

“She’s a pretty reserved kid, but when that whistle blows, she’s a beast,” Kaufman said. “Playing against the best, she’ll only get better.”

A Mia Hamm poster adorned Lopez’ bedroom wall years before she was old enough to climb the ladder and hang it herself. At the U.S. Soccer camp, she’ll debut her skills for the entire country to admire.

“I hope to just do my best and show ’em what I got,” Lopez said.

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HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 30

Boys Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View at Haven Golf Course

Ironwood Ridge, Buena, Catalina at Rincon (Dell Urich)

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

Marana at CDO

Maricopa at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Vista Grande

Poston Butte at Catalina Foothills

San Miguel at Pusch Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Wednesday, October 1

Girls Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View vs. Ironwood Ridge (Omnu Tucson National)

CDO, Sunnyside at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Sabino at Catalina Foothills

Cross Country (4:30 p.m.)

Ironwood Ridge, Sahuarita at Flowing Wells (Columbus Park)

Marana, St. Gregory at Catalina Foothills

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

CDO at Ironwood Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills at CDO

JV Football (6.p.m.)

Marana at Maricopa

Salpointe at Mountain View

CDO at Catalina Foothills

Thursday, October 2

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Mountain View, St. Gregory’s, Pusch Ridge at Marana

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

Mountain View at Poston Butte

Catalina Foothills at Flowing Wells

Pusch Ridge at Willcox

Varsity Football (7p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills @ CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Rincon

Friday, October 3

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Girls Vollyeball (all day)

CDO, Catalina Foothills at Falcon Invitational

Cross Country

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Desert Twilight Festival

Varsity Footbal (7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at San Tan Valley

Saturday, October 4

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Swimming (all day)

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Brophy/Xavier Swim Invitational

Girls Volleyball (4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Desert Christian

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