Ranked No. 21 in Thursday's initial AIA 4A Conference rankings, the Flagstaff Eagles improved to 4-2-1 with a 2-0 Grand Canyon Region victory against the No. 33 Lee Williams Volunteers.
A day after falling to No. 6 Greenway, Flagstaff bounced back by improving to 2-0 in region. With just five matches left in the regular season, four in the region, the Eagles will travel to Prescott Valley on Tuesday to face the No. 24 Bradshaw Mountain Bears.
Flagstaff's current ranking puts it in position for at least a play-in game in the 4A state tournament, set to begin on Jan. 25.
FLAGSTAFF 11, LEE WILLIAMS 1
Improving to 6-0 with a 52-2 goal differential, the No. 2 Flagstaff Eagles returned from their regular-season hiatus in impressive fashion.
Shutting out the No. 30 Lee Williams Volunteers (3-4, 0-2 Grand Canyon), the Eagles (6-0, 2-0) earned a win a day before hosting the winless No. 41 Shadow Mountain Matadors Friday afternoon.
Flagstaff's Lyza Bosselmann and Maddie Shafer will be with Arizona's team at the ODP Western Championship, which is set to take place at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix.
The two, who play for Flagstaff Soccer Club's 2000 girls team, will be joined at the tournament by Morgan Caslin of the 2004 FSC girls team and Connor Caslin of the 2001 FSC boys team. All four will represent their age groups against teams from all across the western United States. The tournament will run from Friday until Monday.
JOSEPH CITY 51, NORTHLAND PREP 33
Falling to 1-5 this season, the No. 32 Spartans came away with their best scoring performance in a game against an AIA opponent.
Northland Prep returns to the court Friday at Paradise Honors in Surprise for their second Central Region game of the season.