By Arnie Leshin
Lacking injuries that it suffered over the last two seasons, the St. Michael’s boys soccer team is in the midst of playing its best ball.
Head coach Mike Feldewert was especially pleased after his visiting Horsemen improved to 6-4-1 by shutting down Santa Fe Prep, 5-0, Saturday at Brennand Field in District 2-1A/3A play.
“We did a number of good things,” he said, “and it was good to see. We had a number of other opportunities, but on a whole we played well.”
St. Michael’s led only 1-0 at the half, but then found the goal in the second half and won going away. It took 14 shots and turned four into goals, the other coming on a corner kick, which Feldewert was pleased to see because its something his team ivs trying to improve upon.
The winless Griffins lost their sixth in a row. They stayed close for most of the first, but couldn’t contain St. Michael’s offense. The lone goal the visitors needed came on the first of junior Berkley Reynolds’ two scores. He also added an assist.
“We are versatile,” he said, “and so we also have to defend, which we did. We also changed styles in mid-game, and they had no answers for it.”
Prep also had problems keeping up with St. Michael’s speed, which accounted for deep balls and the impressive second half. They were even in possessions, but couldn’t find the net. It’s a young team that should improve.
As for the Horsemen, in back-to-back recent losses to Capital and Taos, the Horsemen took 15 shots and scored just once. This time they adjusted.
Said long-time Prep head coach Hershel Wilson: “I would say it was a balance of all three things. They outplayed us in the second half. I’d say we won the first half even though we trailed 1-0, but they cane out for the second half and played hard.”
With Isaiah Vigil guarding the goal and the Horsemen defense didn’t allow a shot, which was the third shutout for him.
At Questa Saturday in District 1-1A/3A, Monte del Sol came through on top, 9-1, to up its record to 4-2-1. Red-hot Moises Cerda scored five times, plus defender Brandon Quintero raced from goal to goal from his defender position to add another goal.