No. 16 seed Barry Goldwater boys soccer shocks Gilbert Perry, reaches 5A-II final
Dayne Ventrone – Feb. 10, 2011 11:50 PM
The Arizona Republic
No. 16 seed Phoenix Barry Goldwater continued its Cinderella story and advanced to the Class 5A Division II championship with a another shocking victory 3-2 over No. 5 Gilbert Perry.
Goldwater struck first, scoring in the third minute to take an early lead that it would never give up. When Perry was unable to clear a ball deep on their own half, junior forward Tyler Terrell capitalized weaving through defenders and eventually putting the ball in the back of the net.
“The ball was played into the middle and the defense touched it wrong,” Terrell said. “I stepped in and shot toward the corner and it went in.”
Terrell’s goal set the tone for the rest of the game.
“That first goal was a motivator for our team,” senior Kyle Summerhill said. “It put it in our mind-set that we could win this.”
It remained 1-0 until the 34th minute when Summerhill put a beautiful strike on the ball after a perfect through ball from Terrell.
“Just a simple turn, and placement,” Summerhill said.
Terrell added Goldwater’s third goal seven minutes in to the second half which seemed to ice the game, but Perry wasn’t done fighting.
Senior Chris Aguirre scored Perry’s first goal in the 66th minute and Perry added another one in the 77th minute. It wouldn’t be enough as the game ended with Goldwater on top 3-2.
“I said whoever comes out and works the hardest in the first 10 minutes is going to win this game,” Goldwater coach Cassio M. Saverino “It came true.”
From its 16 seed, Golwater had beaten No. 1 Goodyear Millennium and No. 9 Phoenix Camelback.
“We went into this tournament being the underdogs,” Summerhill said. “I think everybody underestimated us and we came out and just showed them what we were made of.”
Goldwater will take on Glendale Ironwood at Gilbert Campo Verde High School on Saturday at 1 p.m. for the Class 5A Division II championship.
“We knocked off No. 1,” Saverino said. “It would be a shame to lose to anyone else.”