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Posted: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 6:35 pm | Updated: 3:29 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

The details and play-by-play were sketchy, until Samantha Cummings watched the tape again.

That's when the 5A Division I girls soccer TV replay showed how she missed converting her first career penalty kick in four years (match or practice).

All-Tribune boys soccer team

It showed how the senior midfielder got one more chance with 17 seconds left and drilled it into the top of the net to give Xavier a chance to play in a second consecutive state championship.

It also showed her teammates' in-game celebration and the school's athletic trainer going crazy worried that someone would get hurt.

"It was funny watching myself collapse and everyone piling on," Cummings said. "I curled myself up into a ball."

The TV replay didn't show her internal activity when Highland goalie Tessa Hamberlin stopped Cummings to preserve a tie match at the time.

"That was a big blow," Cummings said. "I'm very confident. I've never experienced that, and of course put the blame on me. 'What did I do?' Everything was going through my mind.

"I snapped out of it. I want to be the one to make up for that. I don't want to be the one left with regret."

She did that and more in the final seconds as her goal sent Xavier back the title match, where the Gators won a second consecutive crown by beating Corona del Sol.

Cummings caps off her championship season by winning Tribune player of the year honors.

The Aztecs beat Xavier when Cummings was a freshman after a controversial call led to an Aztecs penalty kick, then overtime.

"My friends and I still talk about that freshman year against Corona; we remember every play from that game," she said. "It's good to get back at them."

Even in the loss, that championship match from 2007 is when Cummings came into her own, and she never stopped.

She was the Fiesta Region player of the year. She had 19 goals and 14 assists (52 points) for the season, including 11 goals and eight assists against 5A-I teams that reached the state tournament.

"The biggest stage, she showed up," Gators coach Barb Chura said. "Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, they salivate in those situations. That's Sam. The bigger the game the more exciting she gets to play them."

Those games will only get bigger as she heads to the University of Arizona next season, but the National Honor Society student sees her future in communications and broadcasting: Fast-paced and pressure-packed.


"Some people rise to the occasion and some don't," Cummings said. "It's all a mentality, and I feel I've figured that part out."

All-Tribune first team

Name School Pos. Yr. Comment

Jessica Fitzgerald, Xavier, F, Sr. -- 20 goals, including 8 in postseason and 2 in state championship.

Alex Doller, Marcos de Niza, F, Jr. -- Unanimously voted most prolific offensive player in E.V. Region.

Annie Newell, Horizon, F, Sr. -- Desert Valley player of year with 31 goals and 21 assists.

Karisa Price, Highland, F, Sr. -- "Krash" set a school record for points (73) and goals (28).

Samantha Cummings, Xavier, MF, Sr. -- 52 points and terrific postseason; headed to Arizona.

Sammie Weber, Corona del Sol, MF, Jr. -- Shut out 4 of best forwards in state; 11 goals, 6 assists.

Tara Rickenbach, Mesquite, MF, Sr. -- Led Wildcats with 10 goals, 8 assists as team's top defender.

Hilary Zenuk, Highland, MF, Sr. -- 3-time all-region stud had 17 assists for a new school record (90).

Madyson Wellcome, Hamilton, D, Sr. -- Leader behind Huskies' school-record 15 shutouts and 18 wins.

Courtney Watson, Horizon, D, Sr. -- 20 points; shut down her side of field for 5A-II runner-up finish.

McKenzie Semerad, Desert Vista, D, Jr. -- Player of year candidate key reason for Thunder semifinal berth.

Hailey Hayes, Corona del Sol, GK, Sr. -- Central defensive player of year; 10 shutouts; MVP of state playoffs.

All-Tribune second team

Name School Pos. Yr. Comment

Nicole Krueger, Horizon, Jr.,  F -- "Freddy" was nightmare to defend: 27 goals and 18 assists.

Samantha Weiss, Hamilton, Jr., F -- School-record 19 goals, including seven game-winners.

Laura Yalim, Fountain Hills, Sr., F -- 1A-3A player of year with 26 goals; also part-time sweeper.

Courtney Rodriguez, Seton Catholic, So., F -- 9 of 30 goals were game-winning, added 15 assists.

Karla Varela, Arcadia, Sr., MF -- East Sky player of year capped record career with 24 goals, 17 assists.

Megan Striedel, Red Mountain, Sr., MF -- 15 goals, 9 assists after late start with injury.

Brittany Groh, Desert Mountain, MF, Sr. -- Top offensive threat for 5A-II champions with 55 points.

Jordyn Greenberg, Desert Mountain, MF, Sr. -- Underrated; arguably team's playoff MVP outside GK Melissa Brennan.

Jessica Johnson, Corona del Sol, D, Sr. -- Shootout specialist was senior leader, do-everything standout onback line.

Carmen Abella, Xavier, D, Sr. -- Back line is reason No. 1 Annie Graham was a second player of year candidate.

Amanda Shimkus, Cactus Shadows, D, Sr. -- Desert Sky player of the year for 4A-I semifinalists.

Annie Graham, Xavier, GK, Sr. -- Another stud season with 14 shutouts (nine in power-point matches) and one goal allowed in postseason.

Player of the Year: Samanthan Cummings, Xavier

Coach of the Year: Scott Smith, Mesquite: With a nearly-identical roster that won four matches last season , the Wildcats won a playoff match for the first time in at least a decade in his first season.

Honorable mention

Arcadia: Chandler Broadrick, Jr., MF; Erica Lieberman, Sr., D; Tianna Stewart, So., F; Maddie Thorn, Jr., MF;

Basha: Jordan Day, Jr., GK; Sam Erickson, Sr., D;

Cactus Shadows: Brittany Butcher, Jr., F; Katelyn Mordevz, Sr., F; Kelli Reid, Jr., MF;

Chandler: Selena Bracamonte, Sr., MF; Taylor Tegtmeyer, Sr., MF;

Chaparral: Jenna Merrill, Sr., MF; Kelly Rising, Sr., F; Jill Thrall, Sr., D;

Corona del Sol: Jessica Johnson, Sr., D; Julie Vande Berg, Sr., D; Tori Papp, Sr., MF;

Desert Mountain: Janelle Brandom, Sr., MF; Melissa Brennan, Sr., GK; Meghan Gran, Sr., MF; Jennifer Loev, Sr., D;

Desert Ridge: Kaila Jones, Jr., D; Rihana Shah, Sr, MF;

Desert Vista: Sam Rall, Sr., F; Jessica Schafer, Jr., MF; Jana Steuber, Sr., D;

Dobson: Ashley Bulka, So., MF; Sarah Fischer, Sr., MF; Lauren Noeding, So., D; Adrienne Prince, Sr., GK;

Fountain Hills: Carline Dallstream, So., MF; Audrey Groux, So., MF; Clara Stegall, Fr., D;

Gilbert: Emma Cannis, Sr., F; Blair Alderson, Sr., MF; Nikki Boudreaux, Sr., D;

Hamilton: Kaitlynn Glendinning, Sr., MF; Laura Glew, So., GK; Rylie Johnson, Jr., F; Saira Khan, Jr., D; Jaci Teresinski, Sr., F;

Highland: Ashley Hatch, Fr., F; Megan Jerome, Sr., D;

Horizon: Natalie Kintz, Sr., GK;

Marcos de Niza: Victoria Barrios, Sr., MF; Katy Nalven, Sr., D; Kristin Sankey, Jr., D;

McClintock: Jordan Arvayo, Sr., MF; Hannah Drew, Sr., GK; Dolce Segura, Jr. D;

Mesa: Vanessa Bretz, Sr., MF; Patricia Tavera, Jr., D;

Mesquite: Jordan Bergeson, Jr., D; Aya Shoura, Jr., F;

Mountain Pointe: Gina Buschatzke, Sr., MF; Alyson Coker, So., D; Cera Hassinan, Fr., MF; Karen Kierstad, Jr., D; Jazmyn Ledford, Sr., D; Mary Marcoux, Sr., GK; Cayla Smith, Sr., F;

Mountain View: Simi Dhaliwal, Sr., MF; Sheridan Myers, Jr., GK;

Notre Dame: Cadienne Naquin, So., D; Madison Reisdorf, Fr., MF; Alexandra Teran, Jr., F;

Perry: Jordan Bell, Jr., MF; Samanthan DeMarco, Jr., GK;

Pinnacle: Lauren Dominick, Sr., MF; Bre Tomaszewski, Sr., MF;

Queen Creek: Sarah Brzeczek, Fr., F; Alexys Wegner, So., MF; Joy Hinmah, Jr., D;

Red Mountain: Kimmi Childers, Sr., D; Ashton Mariano, Sr., D; Jaymie Padilla, Sr., MF;

Saguaro: Amy Capone, Sr., D; Brittany Perez, Fr., MF;

Seton Catholic: Colleen Amrhein, Jr., F; Breanna McLean, Fr., F/D; Kelsey Rotarius, Sr., MF;

Skyline: Mariela Diaz, MF, Sr.; Elise Griego, Sr., D;

Valley Christian: McKenna Pagel, Sr., F; Lisette White, Sr., F; Jamie Gaab, Jr., MF;

Westwood: Sarah Hanson, Sr., MF;

Williams Field: Marita Hill, So., MF; Taylor Laubhan, So., F; Sari Serrano, Sr., MF;

Xavier: Crystal Holland, Jr., MF; Chelsea Kelly, Sr., MF.

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