Magnett scores 2 goals, now has 19 on season
Sawyer Magnett scored twice, Mikayla Sell netted her 21st goal of the season in the second half and the Prescott girls’ soccer team blanked Moon Valley 4-0 on Monday night.
It is the fifth win in the last six matches for the No. 6-ranked Badgers, which used a barrage of shots (22) against a Rockets club that’s been shutout six times this season and allows nearly 3.4 goals per match.
Magnett’s first score came midway through the first half off an assist from Makenna Gallus, who was recently called up from junior varsity.
Gallus made it 2-0 before halftime, than Magnett scored her second goal of the night off a nifty move to beat her defender and make it 3-0.
The sophomore midfielder has scored 19 goals this season.
Sell added her senior campaign’s 21st goal to make it 4-0 and give the Badgers (10-2-2, 4-1 Grand Canyon) their sixth shutout of the season.
Prescott hosts cross-town rival Bradshaw Mountain (9-4-2, 3-1-1, Grand Canyon) in its season final today.
Sitting at No. 6 in the 4A conference power point poll, if the Badgers want a Top 8 seed, a first-round bye into the state playoffs and a potential home match, they’ll likely need a win against the Bears.
“We are looking forward to sending our seniors off with their 11th win of the season,” Prescott head coach Paul Campuzano said. “The girls are getting healthy again, and looking forward to making another run at the state title.”
Teams ranked No. 9 through No. 24 are set to participate in a “Play-In” tournament, which is slated to begin Thursday, Jan. 25, with the winners advancing to a 16-team bracket. Bracket play for the 16 clubs remaining begins Tuesday, Jan. 30, with the highest seed hosting.
The No. 10-ranked Bears have won three straight, including a big 3-1 win against Seton Catholic (12-6-1, 2-1 Desert Sky), a No. 16-ranked club that had won six of seven coming into Saturday’s match.
Bradshaw Mountain likely needs a win against Prescott, and some help to earn a Top 8 seed and get a bye.
Moon Valley (4-9, 2-2 West Valley) travels to Cactus for its season finale today. At No. 26 in the polls, the Rockets will likely need a win and some help from other schools to qualify for the state tournament.
Brian M. Bergner Jr. is sports editor for The Daily Courier, the Prescott Valley Tribune and the Chino Valley Review. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @SportsWriter52, or on Facebook at @SportsAboveTheFold. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 928-445-3333, ext. 1106.