Thanks to a strong performance in goal Tuesday on the road by a backup freshman, the Northland Prep Spartans kept their record clean of a blemish as they routed the Snowflake Lobos to improve to 5-0.
Millie Gindorf put the gloves on in place of Payten Schmidt, helping the 2A Conference Spartans secure a 10-0 shutout, and she got plenty of offense to make her life comfortable.
Ellie Karren recorded five goals, Mia Blair got a hat trick, and Liney Meis scored her first career goal on her birthday for the Spartans, who have now won all of their regular-season matches in shutout fashion.
The young goalkeeper also had some help right in front of her.
“Alyssa Sturm was incredible defensively. She has to be the leading candidate for defender of the year at this point,” Spartans co-head coach Michael Blair said.
Sturm forced six steals in Northland Prep's first double-digit victory of the regular season against a Snowflake team that was riding a three-match win streak heading into Tuesday. Teammates Anna Kellar, Jordan Blair and Hannah Petrucci added three steals apiece.
“We really dominated possession the majority of the game," said Spartans co-head coach Keith Hovis. "We were using today to prepare for our game at Chino Valley on Thursday. We’re really looking forward to our rivalry matchup on Thursday.”
Northland Prep was ranked No. 1 in the initial power-points list from the AIA on Tuesday. Right behind them at No. 2 is rival Chino Valley.
Sydney Sventek finished Tuesday with four assists for the Spartans, who will also open Central Region play against Chino on Thursday. Mia Blair added three assists.
Northland Prep's road match with Chino is set for a 4 p.m. start on Thursday in Chino Valley.
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A strong performance from the team's riders in the Boys JVI North Conference race helped Northland Prep finish in fifth place Sunday at Pioneer Park in Prescott.
Hayden Saltonstall won the race with a time of 1:07:19.94 for Division I Northland Prep, which scored 3,786 total points in the second installment of the Arizona Interscholastic Cycling League season. Teammate Miles Mokelke finished fifth in the race, with Nick Barrantes adding an eighth-place result and Lucas Benton contributing an 11th-place finish.
Northland Prep's Ava Loxley provided her team with 496 points courtesy of a sixth-place finish in the Girls JVI race, clocking a 57:00.68 for the day.
Prescott won the event with 4,122 points, and Basis Prescott was the runner-up.
D-I Flagstaff finished eighth as a team, as three of its riders took fifth place in each of their respective races. Flagstaff's Wyatt Horner crossed the finish line in fifth place of the Boys Varsity race in 1:30:06.55, earning a team-high 539 points with the result. Meanwhile, Mackenzie Spillman was fifth in the Girls Freshman race and Travis Corcoran filled in the same spot of the Boys Freshman North Conference competition.
D-I Basis Flagstaff was led by Remi Drogi, who placed second in the Boys Freshman North Conference race in 45:59.94 to help his team take ninth place. Gabriel Drogi came in sixth and Cameron Kirk ninth in the same race for Basis Flagstaff.
D-II Coconino ended its second outing of the season in 12th place. The team was led by James Shroufe, who came in seventh in the Boys JV2 North Conference race with a time of 53:29.25.
The third event of the cycling league season is set to take place Oct. 6 at Wren Arena in Fort Huachuca.