Bulldogs, Gators to give another go at soccer final

For the second time in less than a week, Centennial and Green Valley will meet at Bettye Wilson Park in an attempt to decide the Southern Nevada girls soccer championship.

This time, the teams hope wind doesn’t stop them.

Centennial (17-0-3) faces Green Valley (19-1) at 6 p.m. today. The match originally was to be played last Wednesday but was postponed after wind gusts flipped over the net on the north end of the field just before the match was to start.

"The girls will be fine," Centennial coach Bernie Preston said. "They’ll be ready to play. They’ve been playing soccer all their lives."

The Bulldogs breezed through the Sunset Region playoffs, shutting out Sierra Vista 2-0, Arbor View 3-0 and Bishop Gorman, 3-0.

Freshman Bethanie Skelton scored four of the Bulldogs’ goals in the tournament.

Senior goalkeeper Jenna Riddle has posted six straight shutouts as Centennial hasn’t allowed a goal since Jan. 24.

"Centennial is a fantastic team," Green Valley coach William Naftaly said.

The Bulldogs outscored their opposition by a combined 102-8 count this season.

Green Valley has been every bit as good, allowing just four goals all season.

Senior goalies Roz Flores and Megan Grosvenor have combined to post 12 shutouts in the team’s last 14 matches, including a stretch of seven in a row to conclude the regular season.

"Our defense and goalkeepers go overlooked sometimes because of our offense," said Naftaly, whose team has scored 98 goals this season.

The Gators, who have 13 seniors, played in the Southern Nevada title game in each of the last two years, losing both matches to Palo Verde.

"They have a lot of leadership," Preston said. "They’ve been there before. They’re a force to be reckoned with."

Green Valley advanced to the title game by beating Valley 8-1, Silverado 5-0 and Rancho, 4-0.

Freshman Kayla Varner scored eight of the Gators’ 17 goals and had three assists in the Sunrise Region tournament.

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