Xavier, Perry bring home titles

Michael Taylor
Michael Taylor

The Arizona Interscholastic Association soccer season wrapped up late Saturday with the girls and boys 6A high school championship games. Here’s a roundup of those games:

6A girls: Xavier cruises past Perry 4-1, wins third straight title

No. 1 Xavier Prep lived up to their ranking on Saturday, besting No. 3 Perry 4-1 to win the AIA 6A girls soccer championship and finish the season undefeated.

“This was our best team,” said Xavier head coach Barbara Chura. “This was one of my best teams in all of coaching. Whatever happened today, we were the best team. From back to front, depth wise, and a very heavy-laden senior team. When you have the talent we do and the kids we have, they’re amazing people.”

The two teams met in the regular season, a 1-0 Gators’ win in OT over the Pumas. This one wasn’t nearly as close.

Xavier Prep opened the scoring Saturday following a free kick that was dispatched by senior forward Larkin Thomason from close range. Perry responded, as sophomore forward Ashlyn DeLemos equalized for the Pumas via a free header on goal. The first half ended tied.

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