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Entering their third winter soccer season, the Sedona Red Rock High School girls are looking to improve on a fantastic 2009-2010 campaign which saw them reach the 1A-3A conference state semifinals.

Head Coach Tom Cadigan enters his fourth season looking to take the Scorpion girls soccer program to the school’s first winter state championship in February. Sedona Red Rock High School begins its season Monday, Nov. 29, at Tempe Preparatory Academy.“I think this year’s team will be strong again. We’ve got some senior leaders and a great group of sophomores. There are also a few freshman kids coming into the program that will make an impact in the future,” fourth-year Sedona Head Coach Tom Cadigan said.

The Scorpions finished 2009-2010 with an outstanding 13-6 overall record including a perfect 8-0 in the 1A-3A North region, earning Sedona its first winter region championship in school history.

Sedona won two matches at the 1A-3A state tournament, but lost to new rival Estrella Foothills High School in the semifinals, 2-1.

“I think they’ll be the team to beat again this year. It’s kind of a rally cry for us. We want to beat Estrella Foothills this season,” Cadigan said.

The Scorpions should have a challenging North region schedule to play through again this year with Scottsdale Christian High School, Phoenix Country Day School and Tempe and Veritas academies on the docket.

All signs point to another region title this season, however, with the Scorpions returning many from last season’s roster.

Led by senior team captains Sarah Schlener and Emma Kukulski, the Scorpions have a strong core to go with other returnees such as senior Rachel Cook, and juniors Abby Parella and Catrina Lee-Wilkins.

The sophomore returning class includes Marissa Server, Meredith Woodford, Sierra Winters, Holly Drotzman, Mykala Seresun and Jillian Bradshaw.

“There are plenty of kids returning to give us a great shot at this year’s state tournament,” Cadigan said. “We’ve got the tools now; we just need to put in the work.”

Cadigan announced there would be a few newcomers added to the roster this season including a pair of seniors who played junior varsity last year — Emily Collins and Audrey Young.

Junior McKenzie Moore has made the team along with sophomore standouts Cassie Sanchez and Jordan Matthews.

This year’s regular season schedule for the Scorpions begins with a road trip to Tempe Preparatory Academy on Monday, Nov. 29.

Sedona will return home Thursday, Dec. 2, for the season home opener against Phoenix Country Day, which is set to begin at 4 p.m.

Other notable matches for the Scorpions include a 15-mile road trip to rival Mingus Union High School on Tuesday, Dec. 14. The Marauders won the 4A-II conference state championship last winter.

Sedona will be on the road against Northwest Christian High School on Tuesday, Jan. 18, but the biggest match of the season perhaps is Estrella Foothills on Thursday, Jan. 20.

“We’ll take one match at a time but I like what I’ve seen so far. Things have been good and we’re ready to go,” Cadigan said.

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