Soccer season for Corona del Sol’s lady
Aztecs has been rather monotonous and
repetitive so far, with the team facing
serious adversity only a few times on
the way to co-region champion honors and
a ranking of first in powerpoints.
“Our season (21-3-1) has gone really
well so far,” sophomore Lexie Schroeder
“We have had some tough competition, but
we are ready for anything and will
hopefully do as well or better than last
The biggest win, according to junior
Brittany Cole, was a win over the
second-ranked team in state, the
Mountain Pointe Pride. Coming off three
straight losses, the Aztecs saw this
game as a rallying point for the rest of
the season and momentum to bring into
state. Cole also set the career-goals
record for the team during the season.
However, the momentum that the ladies
are bringing into the playoffs might be
slightly hindered with an injury to
defensive player sophomore Ashley
Kniffen. Kniffen sustained a foot injury
and is unable to play for four weeks,
which makes her inactive for the
remainder of the season.
Team members are trying to stay positive
in the face of Kniffen’s injury and are
looking forward to their upcoming
“I expect us to do very well and win all
of our games,” Schroeder said.
“Hopefully the next two weeks will go
well for us.”
Boys Soccer finished the season with a
12-9-1 record and a solid seventh place
The team had its first day of state
tournament play Jan. 30, taking a 1-0
victory over the Red Mountain Lions. The
goal was scored by senior Tony Bersano
with eight minutes remaining in the
The team had never faced the Lions this
past year, however seems confident about
a first round win.
“We think we can win it,” senior Dain
Williams said. “We’ve played with all
the teams ranked ahead of us and think
we can be beat all of them.”
While looking forward to the playoffs,
the team is analyzing its previous
successes to gain momentum for the
The team pulled off a close victory
against second-ranked Highland after
being down 2-0 in the Dobson Tournament.
Also the team looks back at the two
semi-finals losses in tournaments to
learn from its mistakes.
“We couldn’t quite get over the hump in
those two tournaments,” senior Paul
Schauwecker said. “But now we know what
it takes to win those kind of games.”
With a first round win the team looks to
face region rival and champion Mountain
Pointe in the second round of state.
The boys basketball season has turned
out to be consistently unpredictable.
The team has at times shown signs of
playing great basketball, yet on the
other side of the spectrum has fallen in
the face of worthy opponents.
“It (our season) could be better,”
senior forward Justin Kelly said. “We
have had ups and downs, but now I think
we are on our way big time.”
The confidence Kelly describes recently
translated into winning six of the past
seven games, losing only to highly
ranked Desert Vista.
The team wraps up regular season play
next week at home against Marcos de Niza
on Feb. 8. As of now, the team is
focused on the remainder of its regular
season games and is starting to prepare
for a tough run at the state title.
“I expect to win the rest of our games,”
Kelly said. “We want to have momentum
going into the state tournament.”
Over the season, seniors Phil Feinberg
and Brad Carrol, along with sophomore
Leland Devlin have consistently led the
Aztecs in scoring and pose big threats
both in and out of the lane.