Hansen’s Prime Groups, No. 73: Led by future professional Donny Toia, CDO boys soccer crew gained all of it in 2010 | Subscriber


The Huge 4 of highschool boys soccer in 2010 was extra just like the BIG FOUR.

Catalina Foothills’ Julie Walters had coached the Falcons to 2006 and 2008 state championships. Rincon/College’s Roxanne Taylor was in her prime, guiding the Rangers to 2007 and 2009 state titles. Sabino’s Jon Pearlman gained all of it in 2005 and got here inside one disputed play of attending to the ’09 championship recreation.

And, after all, there was Salpointe Catholic’s ironic Wolfgang Weber, whose Lancers appeared to both win the state championship yearly or come this shut.

There appeared to be no room for a beginner.

Canyon del Oro, whose sports activities status had been based on baseball and later turned a state energy in softball and soccer, appeared an unlikely breakthrough soccer program. However all the things modified with first-year coach Joshua Marshall, himself a former Dorados soccer standout, a latest graduate of NAU, was employed to educate his alma mater for the 2008 season.

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CDO gained 2009 and 2010 state championships, an ideal 30-0 towards Tucson competitors, and, wanting again 22 years later, it wasn’t a fluke.

The Dorados of 2009 and 2010 deployed two of the highest boys soccer gamers in Tucson historical past: Nick Marshall, the coach’s youthful brother who would change into a standout at UNLV, and Donny Toia, who would go on to play within the MLS and is now, after a decade in professional soccer, is a part of the FC Tucson roster.

After Marshall graduated in ’09, Toia took cost. He scored 55 targets in his ultimate two CDO seasons, turned the Star’s participant of the yr and subsequently turned an All-ACCAC participant as a freshman for Pima Faculty Dave Cosgrove earlier than signing with Actual Salt Lake’s developmental squad. (Toia performed almost a decade in Main League Soccer earlier than signing with FC Tucson earlier this month).

“Toia is a particular participant,” stated Marshall. “He’s superb on the sector. When he will get the ball to his toes, he’s unbelievable with it. He’s a frontrunner each on and off the sector.”

By the tip of his CDO days, Toia was talked about in the identical group with the elite boys soccer gamers in Tucson historical past, equivalent to Trong Nguyen, Jeff Rogers, Minh Vu, Scott Leber, Vince Bianchi and Fernando Gauna.

Within the 2010 state championship recreation, Toia scored 4 targets within the first half of a victory over Sahuaro. He had loads of high quality assist from Josh King, Kyle Cornell and Caleb Cristia, amongst others.

“We now have proficient gamers at key positions,” Marshall stated. “And when you’ve a crew that passes like ours and is as unselfish as ours, it’s laborious to beat.”

It will be incomplete to not point out that Marshall inherited a superb scenario when he arrived on the CDO campus from his NAU days. Earlier coach Pedram Mahinpey had coached the Dorados to the 2007 state championship recreation, shedding to Rincon/College. However Mahinpey resigned after seven years and Marshall, the rookie coach, took it to a better stage.

The CDO soccer juggernaut has been unable to proceed on the highest stage of Arizona prep soccer.

Canyon del Oro ahead Donny Toia was named the Star’s boys soccer participant of the yr in 2010.

Joshua Marshall selected to renew his schooling and moved to Colorado. He graduated from the Sturm Faculty of Legislation at Denver College and at this time operates his circle of relatives legislation agency in Tucson. He has three younger kids and is teaching youth soccer. He additionally co-owns a Tucson development firm along with his brother, Nick, who returned to Tucson after his school soccer profession at UNLV.

Contact sports activities columnist Greg Hansen at 520-573-4362 or ghansen@tucson.com. On Twitter: @ghansen711


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