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Valencia takes on Los Lunas at LLHS on Wednesday, March 24. 

The 2021 spring soccer season concluded last weekend after three short weeks.

No county teams qualified for the shrunken state playoff brackets, which included only eight teams instead of the usual 12.

Valencia

The Valencia boys soccer team finished the year with the best record of the Valencia County teams, finishing at 4-3 including splitting two games with defending state champions Los Lunas and beating Belen in the only matchup between the two schools.

The Jaguars also earned victories over Grants by a score of 10-0 and Del Norte, beating the Knights 4-2.

Senior Osvaldo Iguado led the team in goals, scoring 12 times in addition to one assist.

Iguado scored in every game the Jaguars did and scored a season high five goals in the 10-0 win over Grants.

In total, he produced three multi-goal games and also scored a hat trick in the win over Del Norte.

The Jaguars finished third in district five with a district record of 2-2 and ended the year on a three game winning streak.

The Valencia girls team had the next best record, finishing the year at 3-3-1 with a 1-1-1 record in district play.

The Lady Jaguars also split with Los Lunas, beating the Tigers on their home turf 1-0.

The other victories for VHS came over Highland and Belen by scores of 3-0 and 6-0 respectively. VHS tied with Valley in a match that finished 0-0.

Nicholette Hawkins highlighted a balanced attack for coach Kimberly Chavez-Burkhead’s team, leading the team with two goals and two assists.

All of Hawkins offensive contributions came in rivalry games as she produced an assist in the win over Los Lunas and two goals and an assist in the season ending win over Belen.

The Valencia girls also finished the season in third place in the district as Del Norte earned the district crown.

Belen

For Belen, the Eagle boys started the year off 2-0 but stumbled through the finish, failing to score en route to losing their final four games of the year to finish 2-4 and 1-3 in district, good for fourth place.

The season started with wins over Del Norte and West Mesa, but was followed by losses of at least five goals to Hope Christian, Highland and Valley.

The Eagles closed the season with a 2-0 loss to Valencia.

Antonio Aguilar and Jared Chilimidos led the team in goals, scoring three each.

Eighth grader Julian Jurado led the team in assists with two.

The Belen girls soccer team was under new leadership this season after Ernest Gonzales took over the program.

The team went 1-4 this season and 0-2 in district play, finishing last in the district.

The Eagles lone win of the season came at home against Valley in a match they won 1-0.

Freshman Madison Cox scored the goal for the Eagles, their only goal of the season.

Los Lunas

At Los Lunas, the transition to 5A proved to be a rough one in its first year.

The Tiger boys, the defending state champions in 4A, went 2-4-1 on the year and 1-2-1 in district play, finishing third in district five.

The Tigers earned wins over Valencia in the season opener by a score of 4-0 and beat Manzano 4-3 for the only district win. Johnny Resendiz led the team in goals, scoring five times this season.

The Los Lunas girls also struggled, finishing the year at 1-5 in Frolian Ramirez’ second year in charge of the program.

The Lady Tigers finished 0-4 in district, finishing in fifth place and closed the season out on a five game losing streak.

Izabella Olguim led the team in goals, scoring three of the Tigers five goals on the year.

LLHS’ only win was a 2-1 victory over Valencia to start the season.

Sports writer

Cameron Goeldner grew up in Boulder, Colo., and attended the University of New Mexico. He covers everything sports for all Valencia County schools.

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