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Santa Fe Prep Girls Defeat Las Vegas in Soccer

Santa Fe Prep girls win on soccer field over visiting Las Vegas Robertson Thursday afternoon,

but the MaXPrep website had them losing until the mistake was uncovered and corrected

Griffins win 3-1 and St. Michael’s girls 6-0 at Taos

Arnie Leshin

By ARNIE LESHIN,  Santa Fe Today

The website in the hands of MaXPreps has made some stunning mistakes.

You know, wrong scores, wrong dates, wrong teams, and failure to update things so that sometimes there’s nothing new. How this happens is unbelievable, but each time you take a glance, something’s wrong.

Such was the case involving Thursday afternoon’s girl’s District A/1A-4A soccer match between Santa Fe Prep and visiting Las Vegas Robertson.

The Griffins went into play as the only girl’s team unbeaten in the state in any class. And it appeared to maintain this as head coach Stephanie Coppola called in the result, a 3-1 victory as the rain fell and lightening threatened at Sun Mountain Field.

The coach even told of what the teams scored in each half, and that sophomores Lynn Robey and Hayden Colfax and freshman Anna Swanson scored a goal each, and that Swanson, junior Anna Stranahan and senior Isabella Childs had an assist apiece.

That mission done, it was time to turn to the website of each team just to check on wins and loses and schedules. But there it was, clear as day, Robertson winning 3-1 on the schedule pages of each school.

Imagine, the Cardinals’ page said W 3-1. On the Griffins’ page it said L 3-1. Next you check the box score, and there it was again, Robertson winning 3-1 and scoring twice in the second half to break a 1-1 tie, it said.

No, it can’t be. St. Michael’s had just blanked the Cardinals, 8-0, and Prep had snapped the Lady Horsemen’s 57-match district win streak 5-3, also at Sun Mountain Field.

So why not contact Prep’s athletic director Todd Kurth to inform him of this. The details were relayed and shortly after he returned the news that his school had won the match, and that MaXPreps hadn’t yet corrected it.

Corrected it? How did it get there? That’s like saying, sorry, but we thought it would be newsworthy to reverse the results and see who notices it first.

It’s like a game created by this website. Nothing new, just something a little different.

After the mess was cleaned up, the Griffins truly did advance to 8-0-1 overall and 4-0 in district instead of their website incorrectly putting them at 8-1-1 and 4-1, and the Cardinals went from 8-7 and 2-3 to 7-8 and 1-4. But at least they could have said, hey, we actually won. Sure, with the website officiating.

It was supposed to be a boys-girls doubleheader at the site, but when thunderstorms came, the boy’s match was postponed to another date.

At Taos’ Echo Park, the St. Michael’s girls had no problem defeating the Tigers, 6-0, to up their overall record to 10-5 and put them at 4-1 in district. Senior Astrid Giblin turned in the hat trick with her three goals, and a goal each came from senior Tania Baca, sophomore Daisy Smith and freshman Olivia Farrar.

It didn’t ran on that match, but this, too, was a doubleheader and thunderstorms in the boy’s match halted things 38 minutes in and this, too, will be rescheduled.

So the MaXPrep website shared the news with the two wins by the girls and two postponements for the boys.

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