Lady Tigers prepping for 6-4A play

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A visit to Homer Douglas field on the campus of Hope Christian is always tough for any girls soccer opponent.

Los Lunas found out how tough the perennial Class 1A/3A hosts can be as the Tigers did not get one shot on goal during Monday's 10-0 loss to Hope Christian.

Los Lunas will host Del Norte at Volunteer Field at 4 p.m. on Thursday before hosting rival Belen on Saturday. The District 6-4A opener is set for 11 a.m.

Against Hope Christian, Bosque Farms resident Avery Lewis scored the first two goals for the Huskies in the second and eighth minutes. Nine other Huskies scored in the match that fell just four minutes short of completion due to the mercy rule.

"Hope is solid every year, year in and year out," said Tiger coach James Torres. "They are almost always a state finalist, if not a state champion. That is why we like to have them on our schedule so that we can play tough teams to make us better."

Goaltender Samantha Savedra got a workout against the Huskies, stopping 17 of 27 shots.

"She is making stops in the back of the net that a majority of goaltenders across the state wouldn't make," said Torres. "It is her first year on varsity, and she is playing awesome."

Torres noted that Los Lunas' next opponent, Del Norte, has played both Belen and Valencia, losing to the Jags 9-1 and beating the Eagles 2-1.

"It gives a little bit of a gauge," said the Tiger coach. "Anyone can compare stats, but it is really when you get on the field that matters."

The district race opens on Saturday, and Los Lunas-Belen matchups are always hard-fought.

"I anticipate it to be a good game and I am sure they do, too," said Torres. "Once district starts it is like a new season. It doesn't matter if you are 10-0 or 0-10, everyone wants to start out 1-0 in district. Our kids are looking forward to it."


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