Three-peat: Chaparral girls soccer beats Perry in 6A title match

The Chaparral girls soccer team celebrates during its 6A state finals match, which it won 2-1 over Perry. (Photo courtesy of Shari Miller/ SLM Images)

After making the jump to 6A, the Chaparral High School girls soccer team won the state championship, defeating Perry High School 2-1 Thursday, Feb. 21 at Campo Verde High School in Gilbert during a rain storm.

This was the Firebirds’ third consecutive title. They won back-to-back titles in 2017 and 2018 at the 5A level, beating Arcadia High School and Notre Dame Preparatory, respectively.

“It was an amazing end to a fantastic season,” Chaparral Head Coach Robyn Carlson said in an email to the Independent. “Three years in a row state champs is quite an accomplishment.”

Chaparral senior Keeley Bond was responsible for both goals in the match.

The Chaparral girls soccer won the 6A state championship, defeating Perry 2-1. (Photo courtesy of Shari Miller/ SLM Images)

She first scored in the 23rd minute with an assist from junior Isabella Struckman, giving the Firebirds a 1-0 lead at the half. She then doubled the score in the 62nd minute, knocking in a header off a corner kick from junior Chloe Steinhilber.

Perry notched its only goal of the match when sophomore Mikella Reed scored in the final minute of the match.

“Our team believed in each other, played with heart and determination, and never gave up despite the tough weather conditions in the finals,” Coach Carlson said.

“Our team’s strong work ethic and determination to work together, to push each other to give their all and team camaraderie helped us win this state championship. Everyone on our team contributed to this 6A state championship.”

The Firebirds finished with a 21-2-2 overall record after handing Perry (22-1-3) its first loss of the season.

“This year our tough schedule helped us grow together as a team and contributed to our road to the playoffs,” Coach Carlson said. “We had a tough defense, a strong midfield and a potent offense.”

Throughout the season, Chaparral’s offense had 14 players score, three of which notched double-digit goal totals, and 14 assist on at least one goal. Coach Carlson said this happened because of the players’ mentality to play as a team rather than individuals.

Defensively, the team allowed 13 goals all season, tallying 13 shutouts behind senior goalkeeper Taylor Rowe and a stingy line of defenders. Coach Carlson went on to call Rowe “the best goalkeeper in the state.”

News Services Reporter Josh Martinez can be contacted at jmartinez@newszap.com or at 623-445-2738

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