Eagle boys get long-awaited soccer win

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For freshman Chris Lovato, it was about time.

In fact, that was the comment of the hour heard by all connected with Belen boys soccer as the Eagles upended Gallup 10-0 in a District 6-4A match on Tuesday.

"If we could just play like this every game," said Belen coach Danny Krow following the win that evened the Eagles' district mark at 1-1 and moved the overall record to 2-10. Gallup moved to 0-2 in district and 0-11 overall.

Belen visits 2-0 Miyamura (7-2 overall) on Saturday.

"It will build momentum against Miyamura," said Krow of the home mercy-rule win that ended with just 1:28 left in the match.

Lovato scored five goals to lead the onslaught that had been missing in losses to Sandia, Academy and Los Lunas.

The Eagles had 19 shots on goal against Gallup after only 15 in the previous three games combined.

"I think these kids finally got a break in the caliber of team that we have been playing," said Krow. "It was nice for the kids to get a win."

Belen got the quick lead, scoring twice in the first 10 minutes of play.

Francisco Legarda broke a six-half scoring drought for the Eagles with his goal on a Jessie Monge assist just 4:55 into the contest.

Lovato followed with a goal off an Elmer Flores assist at 7:01.

Belen got two more goals close together near the halfway point of the first half. Lovato scored on a pass from Michael Vialpando and Monge got a tally just a minute-and-a-half later on an assist from Legarda.

Lovato scored at 30:12, again on a pass from Vialpando, to put the Eagles up 5-0 at the break.

"We kept control of the ball a little more. You can't expect them to know what they are doing every time," said Krow regarding how he shuffled in reserves before the first half came to a close.

Playing mostly freshmen, and even some eighth-graders, in the second half, the Eagles continued to dominate the midfield and defense. Gallup was not able to muster a shot on goal throughout the game.

Joseph Davis scored and Lovato added two more goals to make the score 8-0 at the 60th minute.

Flores returned to the line-up and scored in the 66th minute and Legarda got the final goal at 78:32, ending the game with a 10-point Belen lead. "I hate to put anyone out on the mercy-rule like that. I figure that the last five minutes like that, it is the same as a full game," said Krow.

Krow explained about putting in his starters late in the match.

"I finally got tired of them bugging me to go back in, so I just put them in. I wanted to get some time for the younger guys," said Krow.


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