Campo Verde High School was presented with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy at a school assembly on Friday. The honor is part of the second annual MaxPreps Tour of Champions for Girls' Soccer presented by the Army National Guard and Campo Verde is one of just ten schools being honored.
The Coyotes finished the season ranked No. 136 in the MaxPreps Freeman Poll. MaxPreps is a California-based company that ranks more than 10,000 high school girls' soccer teams.
"MaxPreps is thrilled to work with the Army National Guard to honor America's finest high school girls' soccer teams with the prestigious Army National Guard national ranking trophy," said President and Founder, Andy Beal. "Coach Headley and the Campo Verde Coyotes have proven on the pitch that they are among the nation's truly elite high school girls' soccer teams. We are thrilled to grow on the success of last year's tour and we salute the coaches, the girls on the team and Campo Verde High School for a job well done."
Campo Verde beat Cottonwood Mingus 1-0 in the Arizona Division III state championship game to win the state title. This is the first-ever state championship in any sport for the Coyotes. Campo Verde finished the season at 23-2-1.
"It is an absolute honor to be recognized by MaxPreps and the Army National Guard," said Campo Verde head coach Rosanne Headley. "The girls did exactly what the coaches believed they could do and for them to get national recognition for their hard work is very humbling. It is an honor for the school and the program."
Campo Verde High School opened its doors in 2008 and began varsity sports during the 2009-10 school year. It didn't take the Coyotes long to let their competitors know who they were. Campo Verde girls' soccer has made three consecutive playoff runs in its four years; the third culminating in the school's first-ever state championship.
Throughout the season, Campo Verde played tough competition, including several Division I matchups. In fact, they won the Cactus Cup Tournament by beating Division I Desert Ridge, the host team. In another tournament, they beat four Division I teams before losing in the finals to Basha.
Senior captain and forward Breanna Olsen led the Coyotes offensively with 26 goals and 19 assists. Olsen has committed to play for Scottsdale Community College next year. Senior captain and center midfielder Shannon Costello (Grand Canyon University) had 14 goals and 6 assists, including the game winning goals in both the state final and semi-final games. Junior captain and outside midfielder Meg McDowell was another offensive threat with 14 goals and 12 assists.
Campo Verde's defense was anchored by junior captain and center defender Colleen Kettner, freshman outside defender Sebrina Rodriguez and senior goalkeeper Brittney Cantino. The Coyotes' defense was rock solid, allowing just 9 goals all season. Cantino posted 18 shutouts.
Breanna Olsen, Shannon Costello, Meg McDowell, Colleen Kettner and Sebrina Rodriguez were all named to the All District, All Division and All State teams. Command Sergeant Major Michael Sojourner of the Arizona Army National Guard presented Coach Headley and the Coyotes with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy during a school assembly on Friday.
"This marks the second year the Army National Guard has recognized nationally ranked girls' soccer teams with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy," said LTC Christian J. Johnson of the Army National Guard. "We take great pride in doing so because it symbolizes the indomitable spirit common to high school athletes and the U.S. Soldier. It is our honor to share this symbol with the team, coaches, parents, and school. It is an award for the entire community and is much deserved."
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