The dynasty is still on.
Tucson powerhouse Catalina Foothills captured its fourth consecutive girls soccer state title with a convincing 3-0 victory over Glendale Apollo in Saturday’s Division II championship match at Gilbert Campo Verde.
Catalina Foothills coach Charlie Kendrick knows that it can’t get any better than that for his fourth-year seniors.
“It’s an amazing accomplishment,” Kendrick said. “It’s something that can never be beaten and can only be equaled.”
The victory was third-seeded Catalina Foothills’ second in a row at Division II. It also captured titles in Class 4A Division I the previous two seasons.
Emily Parker scored a pair of goals and Maddie Parker added another to defeat fourth-seeded Apollo for the second time this season.
Emily Parker broke the scoreless deadlock in the game’s 26th minute when she redirected Maddie Parker’s corner kick into the net past Apollo goalkeeper Mariah Perez on a confusing goal in which players in the goalmouth appeared to believe that the play had been called dead.
“It looked like it bounced off a couple of bodies in there and then they said it was a goal,” Apollo coach Amanda Wright said.
Catalina Foothills, which dominated most of the game and had the bulk of the scoring opportunities, put the game away when Maddie Parker again sent an effective corner kick to Aminah Settles in the goal mouth and Settles did the rest, reaching the back of the net for a 2-0 lead in the game’s 52nd minute.
Emily Parker netted her second goal for a 3-0 lead moments later.
Catalina Foothills had defeated Apollo 6-0 during the Horizon Huskies’ tournament’s title game back in December.
“That was early in the season and we made adjustments and this was quite a different team than that one,” Wright said. “It’s been a great season. I’m very proud of the way the girls played the whole year and how they played the entire year.”