Boys Varsity Soccer
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QUEEN CREEK, Ariz.—The 5A no. 1-ranked QCHS boys soccer team is chasing another undefeated season, and with just four games left in the regular season, they are hopeful to achieve that goal.
Three years ago, the Bulldogs made their deepest run in state championship history, capping their perfect regular season with a perfect postseason and the school’s first state championship in boys soccer.
Two years followed with a combined record of 14-19 and the team was feeling the pressure to bounce back and prove that 2015 wasn’t a fluke.
With 14 seniors on the roster, and multiple players who either experienced or watched that 2015 team, this team is firing on all cylinders and poised to make another deep run.
“This team has become a family,” said head coach Mauricio Ramirez. “It all starts with my 14 seniors and my coaching staff. Three years ago when we won that state championship a lot of those freshman saw how it happened and are now seeing that opportunity to make it happen again. But we have to be taking it one game at a time. We have to face what’s going to be in front of us before we can focus on what’s ahead.”
Wednesday opened the team’s five-game region play at home against Mesquite, and despite a slow start from the no. 1-ranked team, QC looked focus on the game at hand.
The Bulldogs had control of the soccer ball a majority of the game and served a barrage of shots at the Mesquite goal. After multiple close shots in the first 20 minutes of the first half, Queen Creek was finally able to connect when senior forward Kohlton Farrell followed in a rebound for the team’s first goal. Two more goals followed within a minute of the first, one from senior Fernando Leal and the second from senior Nick Umali.
QC scored two more goals in the first half. Junior Jesus Carrillo scored one and then Farrell scored his second on a blocked PK rebound. The Dogs played most of the rest of their roster in the second half and picked up two more goals to equal their highest scoring game of the year with seven goals, and holding Mesquite to zero.
Ramirez gave a lot of credit to his seniors for leading the team in the game, and throughout the season. Just last weekend the team won the Platinum Division of the Chandler Prep boys soccer tournament, outplaying a total 72 teams for the title.
“We’ve been working on basics, from passing, shooting, defending,” said Ramirez. “We’ve all been working hard, and it has made a huge difference with each player putting a piece of sand into that hourglass.”
The team will have to rely on the basics Friday night as it faces maybe its biggest test of the season, playing region rival and no.4-ranked Campo Verde at home.
“Mentally, we have to be strong,” said Ramirez. “When opportunities present themselves we have to finish and make it happen for the team because [Campo] is not going to give us a lot of opportunity. We have to defend hard and work hard. Our midfielders have to pass the ball and our finishers have to close it out at the end.”
Game time is at 6 p.m. After Friday night, the Bulldogs will have three regular season games left, including senior night on Friday, Jan. 19 against Vista Grande. State rankings and brackets will be decided after the final season game on Jan. 23. Check here and our social media pages for that information as it becomes available.