No. 1 Cougars win 12th straight, shut out Blue Ridge 2-0
Prep Girls Soccer
CHINO VALLEY — Julz Elsea and Ashley McGuffey each scored a goal in the second half to power the Chino Valley girls’ soccer team to their 12th straight win with a 2-0 win over rival Blue Ridge during a rain-soaked Tuesday afternoon.
It is the 17th win in 19 matches for the No. 1-ranked Cougars (17-1-1, 4-0 Central), which haven’t lost a regular season power point match this fall and have outscored their opponents 96-7.
Elsea broke a scoreless tie in the 64th minute with a goal from 25 yards out, and in the 71st minute McGuffy added Chino Valley’s second goal of the afternoon from the top of the penalty box.
Goalkeeper Kacey Matthews recorded three saves in the club’s 14th shutout of the season. The Cougars haven’t surrendered a goal in more than a month, a 1-1 tie with Round Valley on Sept. 14, making it seven straight shutouts.
Chino Valley travels over the mountain to cross-town rival Camp Verde in the 2018 regular season finale Thursday, Oct. 18. Official start time is set for 6 p.m.
With a No. 1 ranking, the Cougars will likely earn a first-round bye in the 2A state playoffs, which begin with a play-in round Tuesday, Oct. 23. The state final four is set for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 and 27, at Campo Verde in Gilbert.
Brian M. Bergner Jr. is news/sports editor for The Daily Courier of Prescott News Network. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and SoundCloud at @TheEditorDesk. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 928-445-3333, ext. 1106.