Three and Out
All three county girls soccer teams met with disappointment this weekend, crashing out in the first round of the Class 4A State Soccer Tournament. The losses leave only the Los Lunas boys squad alive in the post-season.
The Lady Warriors played overtime as though they were all right with going to a deciding penalty-kick shootout with the Eagles Saturday afternoon at Eagle Field in Belen. Belen (13-7) dominated possession throughout the match and was especially aggressive in the second half and into extra time, but could not find a second goal.
Santa Teresa (12-7) found the game-winning golden goal in the final seconds of the match’s 100th minute, lofting a shot from about 35-yards out that floated just over the outstretched hand of Eagle goalkeeper Maria Lupita Sabinas, causing Santa Teresa players to flood the field in joy.
“Defensively we did really good, but one just got away,” said junior defender and captain Arianna Valdez. “We have four seniors leaving, but we have a lot of good players coming up next year. We should be good.”
Belen outshot Santa Teresa 12-3 on the match and took a 1-0 lead off a goal by junior forward Alexis Begay in the 18th minute. But the Warriors equalized on a penalty kick in the 35th to tie the match 1-1 at halftime.
The Demonettes broke a scoreless halftime tie with a pair of goals in the 57th and 59th minute, then added an insurance goal in the 70th minute to complete the upset over the host Tigers at Volunteer Field in Los Lunas Saturday morning.
Santa Fe was the more aggressive team throughout, forcing LLHS’ junior goalkeeper Samantha Savedra to stay on her toes, tallying 13 saves on 16 shots from Santa Fe (13-7), which got a goal and an assist from junior forward Elena Lemus, the team’s top scorer who entered the game with 21 goals and seven assists on the season.
“I felt we did a pretty good job early on neutralizing their wide attack,” said Los Lunas coach James Torres. “We had our opportunities (on offense), but we couldn’t put it in the net.”
Los Lunas finishes 12-8, having won the first district title in the program’s history. Junior forwards Samantha Lucero and ReAnna Torres said they were proud of their accomplishments this season and think the team, which only loses four seniors, can improve going into next season.
“We proved we’re a good team,” said Lucero. “We know how it feels to lose an important game now. We have to make sure it doesn’t happen again next year.”
No. 7 Roswell Goddard 2, No. 10 Valencia 0
At Goddard High, the Jaguars held possession through much of the game and controlled the pace throughout but we unable to find the back of the net.
Valencia (11-9) peppered the Rockets with 10 shots in the first 15 minutes according to coach Kimberly Chavez, but not of them found their mark.
Goddard (12-8) scored midway through the fisrt half to take a 1-0 lead into halftime.
Goddard added an insurance goal midway through the second half and while the Jaguars kept up the pressure, they could still couldn’t manage to score a goal.
“We had trouble finishing like we did all year,” Chevez said. “But after the first goal the girls didn’t let down. They kept going strong.”
The Jaguars graduate seven seniors, losing a lot of experience in the midfield.
“We have a lot of hopefuls ocming up, but we’re going to have to start from the beginning,” Chavez said.