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Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 3:00 am

The players on the girls CDO Edge Soccer Club team are gearing up to represent Arizona at the Region IV President’s Cup competition in Salt Lake City, Utah, this week.

The team’s coach, Steve Wallace, is excited about his girls winning their first state championship in March and now moving on to the next level.

“I’ve been excited for about three months now,” Wallace said last week. “The big thing for me is I really like the President’s Cup concept because it gives clubs like ours a chance to go and compete with clubs of similar standing.”

Within this competition in Arizona, it excludes the very top tier level consisting of six teams, which are usually farmed from clubs consisting of thousands of players whereas the CDO Edge Soccer Club has a few hundred members.

“Our objective is to help players find what they want to do in soccer,” explained Wallace. “Some people would love to continue playing beyond the end of high school and college; they would love to keep playing. There are others who want to compete at the highest possible level, and others who just want to go out and kick around with friends.”

Despite coming from different Northwest schools, including Ironwood Ridge and Mountain View high schools and Pusch Ridge Christian Academy, the girls all get along and spend time with each other outside of soccer practice.

Madison McEldowney, 16, is a forward on the team and attends Ironwood Ridge.

“We don’t really fight very often, we work really well together, and we usually keep the ball pretty well,” McEldowney said. This is her third year playing on the team.

During the state game, Wallace said McEldowney hit a shot “out of nowhere,” that went in for a score and put the team on the board against the Arizona Hammers from Phoenix.

Up until that point, Wallace wasn’t too impressed with his team’s playing, but after that, the girls came together to score two more goals before the first half.

Dana Corona, 16, who is a center defender on the team, got really excited once the game started to change.

“After the first goal we were like, ‘OK, we can do this now,’” she said.

After the second and third goals, the team felt confident they had the win in the bag.

“After the third goal, it was like, ‘yes, we have a good lead, now we can calm down, keep the ball, be patient with it and not tire ourselves out.’ So we passed the ball around and made the other team tire themselves out trying to get the ball back,” Corona said.

The team hasn’t traveled too much outside of Tucson. The few exceptions were a tournament in California and some in Phoenix. The opportunity to travel to Utah is a treat all on its own, but their real adrenaline rush will come from competing in the Regionals, where they will play against Utah on Wednesday, Colorado on Thursday and Idaho on Friday.

“It’s Regionals, how can you not be excited about that?” Corona asked. “We are going to be there representing Arizona in a regional tournament. I really hope we can win. That would be so cool.”

If the girls win, they will move on to represent Region IV in the National President’s Cup.

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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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