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Faith Lutheran girls move to No. 3 in national poll

Updated October 10, 2019 - 12:06 pm

Fresh off its 2-0 win over a strong Arbor View squad, the Faith Lutheran girls leapt two spots to No. 3 in the USA Today Super 25 soccer poll.

The Crusaders moved to 14-0 with the win and have allowed only two goals the entire season – in a 4-1 win over Bishop Manogue in the season opener and in a 9-1 victory over Canyon Springs on Sept. 18.

Goalkeeper Jordan Brown has 10 shutouts, tops in the valley, and Amelia McManus has a team-high 17 goals.

While the Crusaders were holding on to their unbeaten record Monday, another powerhouse valley team had its unbeaten record go away.

The Las Vegas boys, the defending 4A state champion ranked No. 14 in this week’s USA Today Super 25, were upended 1-0 by Eldorado. Roberto Soto scored the game’s only goal, which was assisted by Leobardo Badillo. Emiliano Garcia kept a clean sheet by stopping 13 Wildcat shots.

The Sundevils (13-0-3) move to the top of the Mountain League standings with a 7-0-1 mark for 22 points, one ahead of Las Vegas (7-1).

Bishop Gorman (17-0-1) and Coronado (12-0-3) are battling for Desert League supremacy. Gorman (8-0) has 24 points, while Coronado (6-0-1) trails with 19. Those two unbeatens will meet Wednesday at Gorman.

Desert Oasis junior ties mark

According to the NIAA’s record book, no 4A player has scored more goals in a game than Desert Oasis’ Jacey Woods did Monday.

Wood scored six times in the Diamondbacks’ 8-0 win over Basic, matching the listed 4A record set by Reed’s Kelsey Gomer in 2009. Local records show Desert Pines’ Lizali Mireles (2016) and Centennial’s Marcella Brooks (2018) as also having scored six times in a game.

“We were mainly focusing on the school record, which was four,” Desert Oasis coach Jared Ogden said. “After she got her fifth, I subbed her out and congratulated her. I put her back in late, and she got her sixth. It wasn’t until later I remembered reading the article from last year (about Brooks) and the record being six. It was one of those nights where every move, every shot was working.”

Wood is tied for fourth in the valley with 20 goals for the Diamondbacks, who are tied with Bishop Gorman for second in the Desert League with 19 points. Both teams are 6-1-1 and trail Green Valley (7-0-1, 22 points).

Athletes of the Week Football

Kyle Holmes, Arbor View: The quarterback was 13-for-15 passing for a school-record 308 yards and four touchdowns in a victory over Bonanza.

Girls soccer

Alexis Hale, Coronado: The defender scored three goals in the Cougars’ win over Durango, and also “truly had a breakout week as a defender,” coach Dana Neel said.

Boys soccer

Lincoln Aquino, Coronado: The forward had two goals and an assist in the Cougars’ 2-0 week.

Girls volleyball

Aspen Steele, Durango: The outside hitter had 12 kills, 12 digs and three blocks in the Trailblazers’ five-set win over Liberty.

Athletes of the week is based on nominations received from coaches. Nominations are due at 9 a.m. Monday and should include an athlete’s name, school, classification, position and statistics for the week. A poll can be found each Monday at reviewjournal.com/nevadapreps. Voting ends at noon Wednesdays.

More preps: Follow at reviewjournal.com/nevadapreps and @NevadaPreps on Twitter.

Contact Jason Orts at jorts@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-2936. Follow @SportsWithOrts on Twitter.

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