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Junior Hayden Colfax to the rescue as she scores the lone goal in visiting Santa Fe Prep girl’s 1-0 district soccer victory over St. Michael’s Saturday afternoon

By Arnie Leshin 
Arnie Leshin

Hayden Colfax was sporting her new soccer shoes, sandy-pink is what she called them. One of the state’s finest athlete, the Santa Fe Prep junior had recently recovered from a broken tibia, and on her other leg was an LCL that she was playing with in Saturday’s match at St. Michael’s for the lead in District 2-A/3A.

A state champion in track and field, she was racing up and down the pitch

while the Lady Horsemen were peppering the Prep goal by a large number, but to no avail.

At halftime, it was scoreless. Midway through the second half, it remained scoreless but St. Michael’s was getting the shots away and senior goalkeeper, Lark O’Hora., was making the stops or they were going wide, high and frustrating to the home side.

Meanwhile the Griffins took four shots, all by Colfax. Three times she caught up with a pass, sped ahead of the defender, but shot it right into the hands of the keeper, freshman Milena Keene.

The fourth time, bad leg or not, she again raced past a defender, caught the ball looking straight at the goalie, and kicked it in past the failed stretch to the left of Keene.

“This is my third game since coming back,” said Colfax. “and I’m still not at full strength. As for my goal, I’ve done that a number of times, getting to the pass and speeding toward the goal. This time, I went one out of four and scored the winner, and got to wear my new shoes for the first time.

The goal came with 27 minutes showing on the clock at Christian Brothers Athletic Complex. But the home team didn’t panic, camping out near the Prep goal. In one stretch it booted four-straight shots that went too wide or too high.
But unlike the other times, this time the Prep defense played tight even though the Lady Horsemen still kept attacking the goal, but to no avail. It also protected O’Hora, trying to keep those shots from getting to her like before, and they kept close watch on senior Claire Lee, St. Michael’s leading scorer with 21 goals.
When the final whistle sounded, Santa Fe Prep’s record rose to 5-1 and St.
Michael’s fell to 8-2-1. They meet again on October 4th at Prep’s Sun
Mountain Field. The Griffins play next in a Tuesday district match against
Albuquerque Bosque School. The Lady Horsemen play the same day at
district foe Santa Fe Indian School.

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