Coronado, Cortez boys soccer showdown ends in fight; both schools won't compete at state
In a battle for the 4A Black Canyon Region championship, a fight between host Scottsdale Coronado and Phoenix Cortez ended their boys soccer game on Wednesday night.
Both teams have withdrawn from the 4A tournament coming up next week, according to a statement from the Scottsdale Unified School District and confirmed Friday evening by Arizona Interscholastic Association Executive Director David Hines.
In a video sent to The Republic, Coronado was leading 1-0 before a Cortez player was tripped up and fell to the turf. While he was down, he was kicked by the Coronado player. That led to festicuff from both teams.
Cortez administrators and head coach Jose Corona did not respond to messages from The Republic on the fight. Corona only confirmed that his team was in the white uniforms. Coronado coach Jose Velarde did not return a message.
Brian Gessner, head of officials for the AIA, said in a text that the schools determine the repercussions.
A statement sent by Kristine Harrington, director of communications of the Scottsdale Unified School District, read:
"On Wednesday, February 1st some of the players on the Coronado High School Boys Soccer Team were involved in an unfortunate incident on the field that does not reflect the values of Coronado or the Scottsdale Unified School District.
"Game officials were forced to end the game prematurely and security was called to assist with the situation. After a thorough review of all available video evidence of the events that evening the game will be declared a no contest, and both schools will be withdrawing from the upcoming state tournament.
"In SUSD we try to foster a culture of sportsmanship, respect and character. On Wednesday night, we fell short of those standards and will make this a learning opportunity for our young men and staff."
The regular season ends on Monday. Play-in games for the 4A tournament are next Thursday.
Coronado was 9-2 in 4A Conference power points and 4-0 in the Black Canyon Region. Cortez was 8-0 in the conferene and also 4-0 in the Black Canyon Region.
Hines said that teams will move up, accordinly, to be seeded for the state tournament with both Coronado and Cortez ineligible for the tournament.
Hines that both the Scottsdale and Glendale districts chose to keep both schools out of the state tournament.
"I applaud the leadership of the schools and the district," Hines said.
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