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09 February 2017  
Badgers girl's soccer player Emma Beadnell hugs teammate Mikayla Sell after Prescott High School was defeated by Thunderbird in the 4A State playoffs on Wednesday February 8th, 2017 at Williams Field High School in Gilbert, Arizona. All Photos by: Torrence Dunham
Prescott High School Girls' Soccer Held Scoreless in Semi-Final Loss to Thunderbird
GILBERT,Ariz- The season for the #3-seeded Prescott Badgers women's soccer team was cut short on Wednesday night in Gilbert at the semi-finals of the 4A State Playoffs as the Badgers fell to the #2-seeded Thunderbird Chiefs 1-0 at Williams Field High School.

“It was such an evenly matched team,” said Badgers’ junior Mikayla Sell after the defeat. “Definitely the best team we played all year.”

After a scoreless first half, the Chiefs were able to break the tie in the 60th minute with a goal from none other than the team leader in goals all season long-sophomore Lexi Aguilar.

“In the moment, you just try and do whatever you can to get it in the back of the net,” Aguilar said. “It’s a great feeling.”

The Chiefs were able to shut down the Badgers for the remainder of the match and secure a place in the championship game at Williams Field High School on Saturday at 2pm against #4-seeded Salpointe Cathloic who beat #1-seeded Flagstaff on a shootout earlier in the evening.

“I give a lot of credit to Prescott and the girls,” Chiefs girls’ soccer head coach Angelo Iozzo said. “They fought the entire game. I think it just came down to we got our one goal and we were able to hang on, (it) was a very tough game.”

The season for Prescott High School showed a huge growth in the program as the Badgers win total went from six in the previous season to 15 in the 2016-2017 campaign, including an appearance in the semi-finals.

The Badgers reached the semi-finals by beating Moon Valley and Sunrise Mountain in the previous rounds by a combined score of 8-0. Additionally, before the defeat, the team had won seven straight games while outscoring their opponents 32-0 in that time span.

“I couldn’t be more proud of this team, I could not be more proud of how they played,” Badgers girls’ soccer head coach Carly Laipple said. “I think they proved we are a forced to be reckoned with, we deserve to be on the state level and I think we have a really bright future ahead of us.”

Looking back on the accomplishments of the Badgers’ season, Sell will remember the chemistry between teammates and is looking forward to having another chance at the state title next year.

“The ’16-’17 team by far stood out to me that we are a good group of girls,” Sell said. “We were just so unified and we just did our best."