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12:18 PM Fri, Sept. 21st

Chino boys soccer wins final game, readies for playoffs

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Chino Valley boys 5

Payson 0

The Cougars won their regular-season finale Thursday afternoon at Payson, and will now wait for the final AIA state rankings.

Jose Beltran scored two goals in the winning effort, and was helped with goals from Walter Soto, Kendall Foster and Oscar Montes.

Chino Valley - unbeaten in region play (10-0) and 12-0-1 overall - entered the match ranked No. 2 in the state.

The AIA is expected to release its final rankings today, which will determine state seeding and bracketing. Either way, the Cougars will likely get a first-round bye and host a second-round match on Nov. 2.