Safford Girls, Thatcher Boys soccer kick their way into state tournament

Safford's Izzy Quintero sprints passed the VC goalkeeper to score Safford's first goal Friday. (Photo by Lee Patterson)

The Safford Girls soccer team had to take the long road into the 3A soccer tournament by hosting a play-in game February 7th. The 11th ranked Lady Bulldogs knocked off #22 Valley Christian 4-2.

They will now travel to #6 Fountain Hills for a 6pm start tonight. Fountain Hills is 10-2 on the season. It will be the first meeting between the two teams this year. Safford enters the game 11-1-1 on the year.

The Thatcher boys finished the regular season as the #8 overall seed and got the play in round off. They will host Sahuarita on February 12th at 3pm. Thatcher has a record of 10-2 coming into the game and have won 7 straight.

The Mustangs are the #9 seed and beat #24 Trivium Prep 4-0 in the play in round. This is the first meeting between these two teams this year.