A year after losing on penalty kicks in the 4A Conference state tournament semifinals, the No. 1-ranked Flagstaff Eagles ended up with the lone goal that eluded them a year ago.
Beating the No. 4 Catalina Foothills Falcons 1-0 thanks to a goal by Brianna White Tuesday evening at Williams Field High School in Gilbert, Flagstaff will return to the state title game Saturday seeking its first championship since 2011.
The Eagles will enter the the state final on a run of five straight shutouts, last allowing a goal Jan. 16 in an 11-2 victory against Mohave. Now having outscored opponents 116-6, Flagstaff ended Tuesday's match with another shutout thanks to goalkeeper Lyza Bosselmann's season-high 14 saves.
After a scoreless first half, White put in the eventual game-winner as Samone Marquez's corner kick led to an assist. With Bosselmann, Taylor Hazlett and Morgan Hodges leading the way on defense, Flagstaff beat Catalina Foothills, which had scored in its past 10 matches entering the day.
No. 2 Salpointe Catholic beat No. 6 Prescott 5-0 following Flagstaff's victory, setting up a rematch of last year's semifinal match that went to penalty kicks after a 0-0 tie in regulation and extra time.
FLAGSTAFF 71, WASHINGTON 32
Wrapping up the regular season with a road victory, the No. 3 Eagles entered the 4A state tournament with an 18-1 regular-season record.
Jumping ahead easily against the No. 32 Washington Rams, Flagstaff cruised to the win while nearly its entire roster scored. Monique Ware led the Eagles with 15 points, with Josie Faull adding 12 and Mikaila Kayaani-Lee contributing 10.
Flagstaff took a 41-19 lead into halftime, and despite scoring just six points in the final quarter, kept Washington off the scoreboard the entire fourth frame.
Skipping the play-in round scheduled for Thursday thanks to their ranking, the Eagles will await their first-round opponent on Tuesday.
PARADISE HONORS 57, NORTHLAND PREP 13
The No. 44 Spartans ended their season with a loss to the No. 14 Griffins in the 2A Conference, Central Region tournament Tuesday night.
Northland Prep ends the season with three wins, two coming in the region against the Mingus Mountain Mountain Lions.
NORTHLAND PREP 67, GLENDALE PREP 64
Looking to extend their season, the No. 28 Northland Prep Spartans topped the No. 27 Glendale Prep Griffins Tuesday night in the 2A Conference, Central Region Tournament.
The Spartans will face No. 2 Paradise Honors on Wednesday, with the Panthers sitting with a perfect 18-0 record.