TUCSON - No. 1 Douglas beat Canyon del Oro 8-0 Monday night to take another step toward returning the Conference 4A state championship trophy to the United States border.
Douglas won one outright state title (2009) and shared another (2006) earlier this century under the tutelage of longtime head coach Ken Cormier.
He died of cancer during the Bulldogs 2016-17 season. Longtime assistant coach Alfonso Romero is now charged with the program and will lead the Bulldogs to a third straight state tournament.
The Bulldogs (15-2-1) are led by junior forward Miguel Sosa, who ranks 10th in the state in goals scored (20) this season. He knocked home two against the Dorados while also dishing out three assists. Adrian Arciniega and Joaquin Escalante also scored twice. Arciniega had two assists.
Cormier's son Konnor, who had not played soccer since his father's death, is back on the pitch for his final prep season.
Whether Douglas will go into that tournament as the No. 1 seed still remains to be seen. Their strength of schedule is less than that of No. 2 Salpointe Catholic so the Lancers could vault in front of the Bulldogs.
Douglas' lone two losses came to Rincon-University and Tucson at the Brandon Bean Soccer Tournament. They have matches remaining this week with Pueblo and Cienega. The Bulldogs have already secured the Gila Region title.
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