Savedra leads list of LLHS girls soccer honorees for 2012-13 season

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The Los Lunas’ girls are coming off a soccer season that saw a lot of growth for the Lady Tigers.

News-Bulletin file photo: Samantha Savedra, the sophomore goalkeeper for the Los Lunas High girls soccer team, led the way in post-season awards for the Lady Tigers. She was named to the Class 4A All-State honorable mention squad.

That did not prevent coaches from across the state taking notice of goalkeeper Samantha Savedra. The sophomore was the only Los Lunas player to win a Class 4A All-State honor, listed as an honorable mention.

“She was really excited, and I was excited, too,” said Tiger coach James Torres. “It is always different when kids get nominated for all-sate. It is different from all-district, because we are there in the meeting to give input. All-state is based on what coaches see on the field. It was great for her to get votes.”

Lucero had 140 saves, second in 4A behind Breanna Evans of Artesia, according to nmsoccer.com.

“It was her first year at varsity goalkeeping,” said Torres. “See was always learning throughout the season and getting better.”

Los Lunas improved to 8-11 overall and 3-7 in District 6-4A. Its record in 2011 was 6-12. Most of the district matches were close and Los Lunas did get a home win over Grants that they did not have in district battles the year prior.

The Tigers finished fourth in the district race behind Miyamura, Belen and Valencia.

“We saw some positive things from this. We saw improvement from last season,” said Torres. “We had some close games that we would have liked to have won.”

He noted that the team performed better in most categories than last season.

“We allowed less goals than we did last season,” Torres said. “We won more games, which is what you ultimately want to see.”

Two sophomores joined Savedra on the All-district 6-4A list, along with two seniors.

Cienna Thompson completed her fourth year on varsity with a first team all-district honor while fellow senior Alli Madrid was named to the second-team.

Thompson was the key to Los Lunas’ defense, but Torres said her leadership went deeper than that.

“She has been one of the best leaders that we have had in the program,” the Tiger coach said. “She not only led the defense, but has been a leader for the entire team.”

Madrid played every position on the field during her time at Los Lunas.

“She came up a goalkeeper, and she played midfield and forward this year,” Torres said. “She has been a great leader and role-model for the younger kids.”

Leading scorer Samantha Lucero, a sophomore, was also named to the second team all-district in 6-4A. She tallied 13 goals and three assists and scored both overtime winners for the tigers this season.

“Samantha was our leading scorer and did a really great job of putting in some clutch goals for us,” Torres said. “She is becoming a very dependable scorer for us.”

Analyssa Lopez joined Lucero as an honorable mention All-6-4A player. Lopez had five goals and three assists.

“She was not only defending, but getting involved in the offense as well,” said Torres. “I think that she was one of the top scorers as a defender in our district.”

In addition to Thompson and Madrid, Torres will lose two other seniors to graduation this year.

Emma Moreno and Sarahi Boyso both contributed to the Tiger defensive effort.

“Emma did a really good job of stepping up into her spot. She was a huge contributor for us on defense, especially in district play,” said Torres.

As a transfer from Belen, Moreno, formerly known as Emma Saitta, had to await eligibility approval from the New Mexico Activities Association and missed part of the season.

Boyso was in her first year on the varsity.

“She did pretty well,” said Torres. “She kind of found her spot in the midfield this year. She did a really good job of improving throughout the entire season.”

Torres is counting on the group of six sophomores he has on this year’s squad to step into the roles held by Thompson and the other seniors.

“We have a pretty good sophomore group, and they will be upperclassmen next year,” said Torres. “We are looking for them to step and really be leaders on the team next year. That is where it starts is in accepting that leadership role.”


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