Lady Eagles take out district-leading Miyamura

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The Lady Eagle soccer team has used early goals as a very successful advantage in recent key district games.

It was the same formula that got Belen (10-7 overall) a 3-1 win over Miyamura (11-6) to put both schools in a tie at 7-1 atop the District 6-4A standings.

Mike Stearns-News-Bulletin photo: Belen senior Kaitlyn D’Arcangeli, right, snakes the ball away from Miyamura defender Ariana Aretino in Tuesday’s 3-1 Lady Eagle win. Belen is set to face Valencia at 11 a.m. on Saturday at VHS.

Belen will need to make up seven goals in the last two district games over Miyamura in the complicated New Mexico Activities Association tie-breaking procedure in order to win the district title, should the two teams tie at the end of the regular season.

The Eagles will visit Valencia Saturday in a contest that will help determine the playoff fate of both teams. The game is slated for an 11 a.m. opening kick.

Belen closes the regular season at Grants on Tuesday.

Against Miyamura, Natasha Sprunk scored off a header in the box, on a pass from Kaitlyn D’Arcangeli only 3:24 into the match.

Belen has scored a gaol in the first four minutes of its last three matches, all wins.

“It was a hard-fought game,” said Eagle coach Wilfred Carrasco. “We came out fast and scored two incredible goals in the first eight minutes.”

Alisha Silva scored on the left side inside the goal box on an assist from Natasha Sprunk just five minutes later. The Eagles then held on to the 2-0 lead with a tremendous defensive effort, despite getting outshot 14-10.

“Sprunk and Silva scored on heads-up and hustle,” said Carrasco.

The Eagles got an insurance goal at the 62:57 mark. D’Arcangeli hooked a corner kick that went into the goal off of a Miyamura player.

Miyamura’s Ariana Aretino scored on a penalty kick at the 76:13 mark. It was the only shot to get past Belen goalkeeper Maria Sabinas, who made 13 saves.

The coach noted that Miyamura concentrated on stopping D’Arcangeli and Alexis Begay. The other Eagle ball-handlers stepped up to give the Eagles their first win over the Patriots in six tries.

“The girls have put in quality minutes, each and every match and we are continuing to stress ascending in quality each match as the season progresses,” said the coach.

Belen hopes to win two matches and have either Los Lunas and/or Gallup upset Miyamura. Through eight district games, Belen has a plus-14 goal differential and the Patriots have a plus-21.

“We hope to have a huge turn out for the Valencia-Belen match on Saturday,” said Carrasco.


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