Registering their third straight shutout to start the season, the Northland Prep girls soccer team cruised past the Payson Longhorns in its 2A Conference Central Region opener Tuesday afternoon on the road.
Leading by eight at the half, Northland Prep (3-0) topped Payson (0-3) 10-0 with six different players scoring goals in the game and seven different adding assists. Co-head coach Michael Blair said the unselfish play included the backline, which contributed a goal and three assists.
Scoring three goals in the first seven minutes of the match paved the way for the win and the Spartans two keepers Karrie Lundstrom and Anna White continued the string of clean sheets.
Freshman Mia Blair added two more goals and an assist to her early season totals, with fellow freshman Ellie Karren added one goal and one assist.
The team's upperclassmen also came up with strong totals, as seniors Emma Heitkamp and Brianna Hovis scored three and two goals respectively, along with an assist by Hovis. Juniors Eleni Papas and Rachel Ryan each scored one goal apiece to round out the scoring. Ginger Blodgett and Allyssa Strum led the team with two assists apiece, with Emma Blair and Maddie Carlsen adding one each.
Northland Prep will face the Chino Valley Cougars (1-0) on the road Tuesday for another region match, with the defending state champions coming off of a perfect 11-0 regular season record last season.
Facing off in Chandler Tuesday night, the Flagstaff Eagles (1-1) fell to Seton Catholic 25-14, 25-15, 25-21.
The Eagles will return home Thursday night to face the Marcos de Niza Padres at 6 p.m.
ASH FORK/SELIGMAN 3, NORTHLAND PREP 1
The Northland Prep Spartans (0-2) fell to Ash Fork and Seligman's joint team on Tuesday at Sinagua Middle School.
Now with four road games awaiting over the next two weeks, the Spartans will face the Payson Longhorns on Thursday and the Grand Canyon Phantoms on Saturday.
SWIM AND DIVE
Flagstaff High School's swim and dive team faced off with Bradshaw Mountain Tuesday afternoon at the Eagles' Natatorium on Tuesday.
While the two Division II schools faced off, Flagstaff won both the boys (93-74) and the girls (115-55) meets. While Bradshaw Mountain won the boys medley relay and four freestyle events, Flagstaff answered with a 1-2 result in the 200 individual medley and a sweep of the stroke events.
Meanwhile, the girls recorded 1-2-3 sweeps in both the 200 and 500 freestyle races.