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Prescott High School Girls’ Soccer Advances to Semi-Finals
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05 February 2017  
Badgers women's' soccer player Audrey Lockling hugs teammate Jordyn Crockett after beating Sunrise Mountain to advance into the semi-final game in the 2016-2017 4A AIA Girls' Soccer State Playoffs on Saturday February 4th, 2017 in Prescott, Arizona. All Photos by: Torrence Dunham
Miraculous Goal Jump-Starts Badgers to Semi-Finals 

PRESCOTT- The #3-seeded Prescott High School girls’ soccer team continues to soar in 2017 as the Badgers won their seventh straight game on Saturday beating the #12-seeded Sunrise Mountain Mustangs 3-0 to advance to the semi-finals of the 2016-2017 4A AIA Girls’ Soccer State Playoffs.

“This is my absolute favorite team that I’ve ever played on,” Badgers senior Katie Townsend said. “We just have the best chemistry, we can really connect and anticipate where we are going and it’s just so fun because they are the nicest girls you will ever meet.”

The game was pushed back by about 45 minutes as an accident on I-17 delayed the Mustangs arriving in Prescott. Badgers’ coach Carly Laipple mentioned the delay might have caused the team to start slow as Prescott was practicing for a while before stopping and starting again once Sunrise Mountain arrived.

Both sides were sluggish for most of the first half as no team could take solid control of the ball for any amount of time.

This all changed with one minute to go before halftime as Badgers’ freshman Lauryn Mayhan took a shot from deep which soared over the goalie’s hands and caught the corner of the net giving Prescott High School a 1-0 lead.

“That first goal by Lauren in the first half was incredible-won’t ever see it again in a high school game probably type of goal,” Laipple said.

When Mayhan had the chance, she took it. 

“I thought it was out at first and then she missed it,” Mayhan said after the game.

Once the second half started, Prescott High School struck twice within the first five minutes on a goal by Sawyer Magnett followed by score from Katie Townsend which increased the lead to 3-0 as Prescott High School would shut down the Mustangs for the rest of the half to secure the win.

“The first half was definitely rough to start, we had bad touches from the get-go and we weren’t first to the ball,” Townsend said. “But after Lauren scored that goal, I think it gave us a little bit of hope and after we had our halftime pep talk, we really bounced back from that and decided we really wanted this more than anything.”

The Badgers are one of the hottest squads in the conference as the team has not allowed a goal since January 17th, outscoring their opponents 32-0 during that time period.

“They (The Badgers) like each other,” said Laipple. “It absolutely translates into the way they play and I think that’s a huge part to our success, is just the demeanor of the players.”

Prescott High School now looks forward to the semi-championship game against the #2-seeded Thunderbird Chiefs who survived an upset by #7-seeded Catalina Foothills on Saturday afternoon, winning the game 3-2 on a shootout. The Badgers and Chiefs will play at Williams Field High School in Gilbert on Wednesday night at 7pm for a spot in the 4A State Championship Game the following Saturday afternoon.