Lady Tigers win in overtime on Lucero’s goal

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The Los Lunas girls soccer team didn’t get everything it wanted out of this week’s home District 6-4A matches.

Jason W. Brooks-News-Bulletin photo: Los Lunas High Sophomores Sanae Gaerlan, left, and Samantha Lucero celebrate Lucero’s overtime goal in Thursday’s match. Los Lunas, which split with District 6-4A opponents Grants and Miyamura this week, is set to play at Valencia High at 11 a.m. Saturday and at Belen on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

However, the Lady Tigers played well in both contests at LLHS’s Volunteer Field, and the timing couldn’t be better: they face their chief rival Saturday.

The Tigers lost 3-1 to Miyamura on Tuesday, but by their coach’s account, they played one of their better matches of the season. Thursday, a goal in the sixth minute of overtime by Samantha Lucero lifted the Tigers to a 3-2 victory over Grants.

Los Lunas, which is 6-6 overall and 2-2 in 6-4A, is set to play at crosstown rival Valencia at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Tigers start the final rotation of district play when they play a 4 p.m. match at Belen on Tuesday.

“Our aggression level has definitely come up,” said LLHS coach James Torres. “We are winning 50-50 balls, helping each other out and controlling the pace of the game.”

Against Miyamura, the two-time defending 6-4A champions, Los Lunas gave up two quick goals in the first 13 minutes, but Analyssa Lopez made it a 2-1 match by converting a penalty kick in the 25th minute.

Los Lunas then held the Patriots (8-6, 4-0) at bay for the rest of the half, but could get no closer. Amy Rosebrough scored her second goal of the match in the 50th minute for Miyamura to make it 3-1.

The Patriots outshot the Tigers, 13-6, but the action was more even than in some past meetings, where Miyamura dominated.

“We just had a few breakdowns on Tuesday,” said Torres.

Thursday, Los Lunas was facing one of its more physical opponents, Grants. The Tigers and Pirates split last year’s matches, with the visiting team winning both times.

Three of the five goals in Thursday’s match were scored on free kicks. Lopez scored in the 33rd and 54th minutes for the Tigers, and Brianna Fank put in a free kick in the 38th minute for the Lady Pirates (5-6, 1-3).

The goal that tied the match in the second half was also on a direct kick. Tiger goalkeeper Samantha Savedra caught the initial shot, but juggled it enough for Fank to knock it loose, according to Torres, and score to make it 2-2.

Los Lunas looked like the more aggressive team throughout all six minutes of overtime. The Tigers kept the ball in the Grants half of the field, and eventually, got the winning goal from Lucero.

Reanna Torres kicked the ball ahead to Sanae Gaerlan, who worked it in deep and crossed it to Lucero, who scored.

“We started off overtime on the attack, and we never stopped,” said Lucero, a sophomore. “Our passing has improved — a bunch.”


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