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SOCCER PLAYOFFS: Sahuarita boys stun Safford to advance to 3A quarterfinals

February 3, 2017 by Andy Morales, AZPreps365

No. 6 Tanque Verde fell to No. 11 Veritas Prep 1-0 in the first round of the girl’s 3A playoffs on Friday afternoon at Red Mountain Park in Mesa. The Hawks made it to the championship of the Division III playoffs last year and the team won the Region 7 championship this winter under second-year head coach Shana Olayvar.

Olayvar is now 26-8-2 at Tanque Verde.

On the boy’s side, Sahuarita stunned No. 2 Safford to advance to the 3A quarterfinals. Tied 2-2 after overtime, Sahuarita outlasted Safford 5-4 in the PK round.

The Mustangs were the last team to qualify in the D-III state championships last year and snuck in as an automatic qualifier this year, giving third year coach Louis Dachtyl three straight playoff appearances after only winning three matches the year before he arrived on campus.




Friday, Feb. 3


3A BOYS/GIRLS at Red Mountain Park

No. 15 Sahuarita 3, No. 2 Safford 2 (5-4 PK) (Boys)

No. 11 Veritas Prep 1, No. 6 Tanque Verde 0 (Girls)


Saturday, Feb. 4


3A BOYS QUARTERFINALS at Red Mountain Park

No. 15 Sahuarita vs. No. 7 Veritas Prep, 11 a.m.



No. 4 Salpointe hosts No. 5 Cactus Shadows, Noon (at Tucson)

No, 7 Catalina Foothills at No. 2 Thunderbird, 2 p.m.



No. 3 Salpointe hosts No. 6 Washington, 2 p.m. (at Tucson)

No. 8 Catalina Foothills at No. 1 Coronado, 2 p.m.



No. 4 Ironwood Ridge hosts No. 5 Campo Verde, 11 a.m.