Originally Published: January 30, 2018 11:28 p.m.
PHS vs Mohave Girls Soccer 013018
Sell records hat trick, Magnet adds 2 goals, 3 assists in state victory
Mikayla Sell netted three goals for her first-career hat trick in a postseason contest, Sawyer Magnet added two scores and the Prescott girls’ soccer team blanked Mohave 6-0 in the first round of the 4A state playoffs Tuesday night.
It is the fifth straight win for the No. 6-ranked Badgers, which outshot the Thunderbirds 22-4 on their home field and have now outscored their last five opponents 27-1.
Sell, a senior forward, scored all three of her goals in the first half for a Prescott club determined to return to the state final four after qualifying a year ago.
After Sell made it 2-0 in the 10th minute, Magnet hit the back of the net off an assist from Lily Jensen, giving Prescott a 3-0 lead in the 21st minute of a match they never trailed.
Magnet, a sophomore midfielder, had three assists to go along with her two scores. And in the 27th minute, Sell grabbed the hat trick off a Jensen assist.
“It felt amazing, and again to say it happened during state was the cherry on top,” Sell said about her third goal.
Leading 5-0 to begin the second half, Jensen scored her first goal of the postseason in the 44th minute, just getting past the outstretched hands of Mohave goalkeeper Saylor McKee for the score.
Jensen also had two assists in the club’s win, while McKee had 11 saves.
Prescott head coach Paul Campuzano said his club “really focused on our game plan.”
“We’ve added a few things since the Bradshaw [Mountain] game … We’re really clicking up front. … It’s real promising,” said Campuzano, who is currently in his first year leading the Badgers.
Mohave senior defenseman Elizabeth Barton was injured during play a few minutes before halftime. She fell to the ground after making contact with an unknown Prescott player and laid motionless for several minutes.
After nearly a 30 minute delay, Barton was taken off the field on a stretcher by Prescott Fire personnel and reportedly transferred to Yavapai Regional Medical Center for evaluation on a potential neck and back injury.
Further updates on her condition were unavailable at press time.
Prescott (12-2-2, 5-1 Grand Canyon) faces one of its toughest tasks of the season as they’ll matchup Saturday against undefeated Estrella Foothills (15-0, 4-0 Southwest). The No. 3-ranked Wolves defeated Apache Junction 4-1 in their first-round match Tuesday.
“We’ll be fine. They are sort of the equivalent of a Sunrise Mountain-type team,” Campuzano said about Estella Foothills. “Very good team, fast team. That’s what we need, we need a challenge like that to really let these girls understand just how well they are playing.”
The Badgers beat Sunrise Mountain 3-2 earlier this season. The No. 9-ranked Mustangs lost 2-0 to Thunderbird on Tuesday.
“We have to keep our passes crisp, we have to work as a team, keep communicating,” Sell said when asked how the Badgers stack up against the Wolves. “As long as we can keep working as a team and put the ball in the back of the net, we’ll be fine for Saturday.”
The Wolves have outscored their opponents 93-7 this season.
The match is scheduled to take place in Goodyear at Estrella Foothills. Official start time is set for 2 p.m.
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