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6A girls soccer coaches poll: Basha rises to No. 1 after toppling Perry

Red Mountain is outside of the coaches poll top 10, but have the inside track to a playoff spot as the East Valley Region champ. (Michelle Herrick/Special to MyNewsMesa.com)

The Basha girls soccer program is one of those great out of nowhere stories.

At least when it comes to the 6A Conference girls soccer coaches poll considering the Bears started the year outside of the top 10 and now hold the top spot.

That’s what happens when a team knocks off the team – Perry – that had been No. 1 almost all year.

Basha beat Perry 3-1 last week after losing 1-0 to the Pumas earlier in the year.

“It could be a good thing for Perry because they were winning easily almost every time out,” one coach said. “But give it up for Basha. They have pushed themselves in to the contender conversation.”

Perry, which still received one first-place vote, slipped to No. 3 while Basha moved up from six and Xavier stayed at No. 2.

No local teams made the top 10, but Desert Ridge just missed as the Jaguars are the first team outside of the top 10.

Here is a look at the entire top 10:


6A Girls Soccer Coaches Poll (10 votes)              

Team (Record)                LW        Points (First-place votes)

1. Basha (16-2-1)                 6             87 (6)

2. Xavier (10-2-1)                2             86 (3)

3. Perry (18-1)                     1             84 (1)

4. Pinnacle (11-2-2)              3             66

5. Desert Vista (12-2-2)        4             65

6. Hamilton (10-5-3)             5             52

7. Chandler (6-6-1)               7             44

8. Highland (12-6)                 8             20

9. Millennium (14-2-2)           10            16

10. Des. Mtn (5-8-3)             9             15

Dropped out: None.

Others receiving votes: Desert Ridge 6, Gilbert 3, Boulder Creek 3.

 – Jason P. Skoda is a senior writer for MyNewsMesa.com. Send Mesa-based story ideas to jskoda@mynewsmesa.com.

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