Girls soccer squads win opening matches

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It was a successful week for girls high school soccer teams in Valencia County as all three quads managed to pick up early ins in the 2013 season..

The Jaguars moved to 3-3 on the season with a home 1-0 win over Soccoro on Tuesday, Aug. 27, and a 2-0 win over Roswell last Thursday at Valencia High.

Kenn Rodriguez-News-Bulletin photo: FRESHMAN Jaidyn ARMIJO, right, scores on a direct kick during Los Lunas’ 4-1 victory over Pojoaque Valley last Thursday.

Against the Warriors, Bryanna Rubio scored the game-winner on a penalty kick in the 54th minute as Valencia dominated the match, playing almost the entire 80 minutes in Socorro’s half of the field.

The Lady Jags outshot Socorro 9-0 while forcing the Warriors’ goalkeeper into eight saves, and missed out on two more goals, losing one to an offside call and another on a penalty kick that sailed over the crossbar.

“We had a rough start,” said coach Kimberly Chavez. “We couldn’t finish anything. It was a little frustrating. But we came back in the second half.”

Valencia has this week off. The next game is Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Del Norte.

The Eagles followed up a tough 4-1 loss at Sandia Prep last Thursday, by easily dispatching the visiting Pintos 7-0 at Belen High on Saturday.

Junior Alexis Begay scored the hat trick and ninth-grader Samantha Valdez added a pair as Moriarty played the entire game short-handed, starting the game with just nine players and finished with eight due to an injury in the second half.

Kenn Rodriguez-News-Bulletin photo: VALENCIA HIGH’s AMANDA BURSON, left, battles for a loose ball inside the 180-yard box during the Jaguars’ 1-0 win over Soccoro on Tuesday, Aug. 27. Burson drew a foul that resulted in a penalty kick for VHS during the play

Belen (2-1) was forced to bring up three players from their junior varsity due to injuries suffered by three starters at Sandia Prep. Eighth-grader Leandra Sanchez, one of the JV players brought up, scored the game’s opening goal and was active on offense throughout the game.

“It wasn’t about mercy-ruling them,” said captain Arianna Valdez. “We worked on our passing and little things (today). It’s been a tough week, but it’s getting us better.”

The Eagles hosted Bernalillo on Tuesday and play at Aztec on Friday night. Look for results of both matches in next week’s News-Bulletin.

The Tigers overcame an early 1-0 lead with three second-half goals to turn away visiting Pojoaque Valley at Volunteer Field in Los Lunas last Thursday.

The Elkettes scored on a looping shot over Tigers ‘keeper Samantha Savedra in the 17th minute on a counter attack. Four minutes later, junior Samantha Lucero took a cross from junior ReAnna Torres to equalize.

Torres, senior Cassandra Castleberry and senior Jazmin Peralta all added goals in the second half as LLHS (3-1) was able to keep constant pressure on the Pojoaque defense by going wide and crossing balls back into the 18-yard box.

“Towards end of second half, we started getting our passing game together and momentum going,” said Tigers coach James Torres. “You have to give Pojoaque credit. They came out from the first whistle and were playing hard. But we made some adjustments and I’m happy with our play overall.”

Los Lunas has the week off and plays next against Albuquerque Cibola at the APS Soccer Complex on Tuesday, Sept. 10.