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Chino Valley freshman forward Julz Elsea drives toward Northland Prep senior defender Laney Page on her way to the goal Saturday afternoon, Oct. 28, 2017, in the 2A girls' soccer state championship match at Campo Verde High School in Gilbert.

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In order to defend its 2016 state title, Chino Valley’s girls’ soccer team had to play its best match of the season against top-seeded Northland Prep in the 90-degree heat of Gilbert on Saturday afternoon.