The 2A Conference Northland Prep Spartans girls soccer team finished its final tournament of the season with a 4-0 record courtesy of a 6-3 win over Round Valley and a 7-1 win over Page on Saturday.
Emma Blair and Kiarra Hovis each had three assists in the game against Round Valley at the Show Low Invitational. Rachel Ryan, Alyssa Sturm, Hovis and Sydney Sventek each had a goal, while Ellie Karren netted two.
Against Page, Karren recorded three goals and two assists and Sventek added two goals and as many assists, as Northland Prep won its 33rd and 34th straight matches dating back to last season. Emma Blair contributed two assists and Rachel Ryan had one. Delaney Donahoe and Payten Schmidt, the Spartans usual goalkeeper, scored while getting playing time on the field.
“The defense played well throughout the weekend," said Spartans head coach Michael Blair. "We were able to get a lot of our younger players game experience this weekend which was great for the future. We really used this tournament to come together as a team for the final stretch of the season and get our younger players minutes for the future.”
The coaches selected Marlayna Saavedra as the player of the tournament for her senior leadership and composure as the Spartans' central defender.
Before winning the final two games, Northland Prep won its 32nd straight game by the score of 3-0 in a physical battle against Blue Ridge on Friday at the tourney. The Spartans got on the board to take a 1-0 lead at halftime with a goal late in the first half. Rylee Reed and Sventek each contributed a goal as well as Hovis. Karren and Sturm each provided an assist.
“We’re battling some mid-season injuries that we’re being smart with to give key players time to heal up for some important games we have coming up," Blair said. "The fields we played on today were very small so we worked on possession in tighter traffic and using the width to maximize the field size. The girls played really well to beat a solid Blue Ridge team.”
Northland Prep started the weekend with an 8-1 win over Payson.
Rachel Ryan, Hovis and Karren each had two goals and an assist. Donahoe contributed with a goal and an assist. Saavedra, Hannah Finney each added an assist, with Sventek rounding out the scoring with a goal.