Lady Tigers escape Gallup with win

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With their playoff lives on the line, it was the scoring strike of an eighth-grader that made the difference in Los Lunas' 1-0 win at Gallup (4-14, 0-8 in 6-4A) in a District 6-4A match on the turf field on Tuesday.

With their playoff lives on the line, it was the scoring strike of an eighth-grader that made the difference in Los Lunas' 1-0 win at Gallup (4-14, 0-8 in 6-4A) in a District 6-4A match on the turf field on Tuesday.

Los Lunas scored early when eighth-grader Daisy Palacios scored off of sophomore ReAnna Torres' pass in the ninth minute.

The Lady Tigers (7-9, 3-5) return to Gallup on Saturday and travels back to the turf field in Gallup to face Miyamura (11-6, 7-1). Kickoff is slated for 11 a.m.

The Tigers finish the final week of the regular season hosting Valencia (10-6, 5-3) at 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Santa Fe (7-9) on Thursday, Oct. 25. The Tigers would have to sweep their final three matches to finish with a regular-season winning record.

Tiger coach James Torres explained that two trips to Gallup in a week's time would not hurt his team.

"I don't think it is too big a deal," Torres said. "The kids this age are pretty resilient. I think it is kind of an advantage to be able to play on a turf field for consecutive games."

The inexperience on a turf field was a factor in the narrow win over Gallup, according to Torres.

"I mean, we just had a hard time adjusting to that turf. We had a hard time with the bounces and the speed of it," said the Tiger coach.

The Tigers got 10 other shots on the Bengal goal, but could not score again. Gallup only challenged Tiger goaltender Samantha Savedra three times on the afternoon.

"We got some decent shots, just not the kind of shots we have had the rest of the season," Torres said. "Overall, we played well enough to control the game."

The close contest meant that the Tigers worked on their possession offense most of the match, a challenge on the fast pitch.

"We tried to really work on our possession game. Gallup did a really good job, too. They played as well as I have seen them play in two seasons," said Torres.


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