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Les WillseyStaff Writer, AIA365.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Final fours set at Diablo boys and girls soccer tournamentsDec 5, 2012
Desert Vista's Tatum Heeres fed Rachel Ressler from 15 yards out in the 25th minute Wednesday afternoon as the Thunder dominated, but edged Red Mountain, 1-0, in a pivotal girls pool play match at the Bill Vanney Tempe Diablos Soccer Tournament at Tempe Sports Complex.
Desert Vista (5-1) won Pool C with three shutout victories. The Thunder face Pool D winner Corona del So in one of Thursday's (Dec. 6) semifinals at 6 p.m. Corona del Sol and Mountain View tied with 2-0-1 records and tied each other. Corona nabbed the pool title by virtue of a better goals-differential. The other girls semi matches Pool A winner Hamilton against Pool B winner Highland, also at 6 p.m. Highland won a third straight pool game, 2-1, over Chandler. Hamilton was the final team to earn a berth, beating Mountain Pointe in a late game Wednesday night, 3-1.
In the boys tournament, Hamilton clinched Pool A with a 3-1 win over Mesa High. The Huskies earned a semifinal berth Thursday at 6 p.m. against Pool B winner Chandler. Chandler wrapped up Pool B on Tuesday with its 3-0 triumph over Westwood and prevailed again Wednesday, topping Highland, 2-1. The other Thursday semifinal matches Pool C winner Desert Vista against Pool D winner Red Mountain. Red Mountain's 1-0 victory over Perry on Wednesday gave the Mountain Lions a pool play record of 2-1. That enabled them to edge Gilbert (1-1-1) and Corona del Sol (1-1-1) for the top spot in the pool. Adrian Rodriguez scored the goal for Red Mountain off a corner kick by Carson Frost in the 16th minute. Desert Vista finished 3-0 in its pool and knocked off Marcos de Niza, 6-2, on Wednesday to clinch its pool. Red Mountain and Desert Vista also play their semifinal match Thursday at 6 p.m.