By Arnie Leshin
On its way to last year’s 3A state championship match, the St. Michael’s girl’s soccer team, then under head coach Anthony Casados, first eliminated District 2-3A rival Albuquerque Bosque Charter School, 3-2, in the semifinals.
Next came the tough 1-0 loss in the final to Albuquerque Sandia Prep. Not much scouting needed for these two matches, for all three schools play in District 2, no doubt one of the strongest in the state, and no doubt 3A’s strongest.
Since A-3A came on the scene in 1998, this district has won state 14 times, give or take some changes in it, as well as two times in A-4A.
Aside from Sandia Prep (8), St. Michael’s (3), Santa Fe Prep (2) and Bosque (1), Albuquerque Hope Christian has won it three times, as well as A-4A twice, while Albuquerque St. Pius X won A-3A in 1998 and Los Alamos accomplished this in 1999. That’s 16 of 23 won by District 2.
The same district still has St. Michael’s, Sandia Prep, Bosque Charter, Robertson, Santa Fe Prep, and Santa Fe Indian School. But for evidence of its strength, just check out the 2018 two semifinalists and the two finalists.
Now it’s the Lady Horsemen under new head coach Maggie Feil, and they greet Bosque Charter with a 9-2 overall record when the two meet at the Christian Brothers Athletic Complex Thursday afternoon, match scheduled for a 4 o’clock start. The Bobcats are 5-1 In district, St. Michael’s is 1-0 and Bosque 3-1. Then there’s Sandia Prep at 9-1 overall and 1-0 in district.
Before this classic rematch, Bosque won over Santa Fe Prep, 9-3, over Santa Fe Indian School,10-0, lost 3-1 to Los Alamos, then turned back East Mountain, 8-2, Moriarty, 10-0, and Robertson,3-2.
St. Michael’s two setbacks came on a 4-0 loss at St. Pius X, and on a 4-3 setback at Socorro. Both the Sartans and Warriors are among the best in the state on the pitch.
With sophomore Milena Keene minding the goal, the Lady Horsemen have come away with six shutouts, and are 7-0 at home. They have defeated Santa Fe High, 2-0, Valencia, 4-1, Belen 8-0, Taos 4-0, Monte del Sol 10-0, Los Alamos 5-3. Kirtland Central 9-1, and Capital 10-0.