Brophy Prep soccer captures Division I title

Brophy Prep soccer captures Division I title

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Brophy Prep soccer captures Division I title

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The big guns hadn’t played a second, and yet Phoenix Brophy Prep was already in control of the Division I boys soccer tournament championship match.

Brophy coach Marc Kelly sat four regular starters in the first half vs. Phoenix Desert Vista Saturday night as punishment for excessive celebration on the team’s third goal in the state semifinals.

When forwards Riggs Lennon and David Lane and midfielders Oliver Shanks and Colin Zaccagnio were allowed to come into the match to start the second half, Brophy secured victory.

Brophy beat Desert Vista 2-0 (both goals were scored in the second half) at Gilbert Campo Verde to win its second state title in three seasons.

“It showed we had depth on this team, it wasn’t just about one or two guys,” said Kelly, who won his third title. “It was about a great group of guys who worked hard in every training session. It was a real team effort and a team win.”

Brophy scored its first goal five minutes into the second half after a well-worked buildup led to Clarence Clark’s low, far-post cross that Tyler Dial one-timed. Dial’s shot was saved, but the ball ricocheted right to Ryan Grotjohn, who scored from 3 yards out.

Brophy still pressured Desert Vista’s goal even without four of its regular starters in the first half. So when its usual starting 11 came onto the field after halftime, it was only a matter of time before Brophy Prep’s play was rewarded with a goal.

Desert Vista coach Michael Rabasca said his team’s struggles were due to Brophy’s play.

“We have not seen a team that quick, that physically sharp this season,” he said. “They have a lot of different components that, when you add them all up, if it’s not 1-0, 2-0, it would have been 3-0.”

Though Desert Vista didn’t have advantage for much of the match, it still had a chance to tie it in the 63rd minute when Nicholas Mangialardi’s header hit the crossbar.

Brophy scored its second goal in the 74th minute when David Lane’s shot was parried straight to Lennon, who cleaned up from close for his 59th goal of the season and 148th of his career.

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