By Arnie Leshin
Well, at least St. Michael’s finally scored against Albuquerque Sandia Prep.
This is girl’s soccer and the three-time state champion Sundevils disposed of District 2/1A/3A/rival St. Michael’s for the fifth straight time, all with shutouts except for Thursday afternoon’s 2-1 win in Albuquerque. This time, it again was a tight match, with the teams going at it, tied at 1-1 after the first half, and the home side put in the winning goal in the second half.
It stopped the Lady Horsemen’s 7-game win streak and kept Sandia Prep’s skein at nine. Last season, the Sundevils won by 1-0 three times, home and away and in the state championship match at Bernalillo. The previous year, the scores were 3-0 and 2-0. The last time the Lady Horsemen won this rivalry was by 2-1 in 2016.
This was the first time that first-year St. Michael’s head coach Maggie Feil met up with Sandia Prep, so she didn’t know that much about it, except from the players who faced the Sundevils before. This was close, with both teams playing tight defense and taking turns to threaten on offense.
The result dropped the Lady Horsemen to 12-3 and advanced Sandia Prep to 12-1. On Tuesday, St. Michael’s is home to Santa Fe Prep, which beat it twice last season.
In other girl’s soccer, Robertson upped its record to 8-5-1 by taking a 4-1 win over district foe Santa Fe Prep, which is now 4-7-1 after last year’s good squad graduated 7 seniors. The Griffins trailed 2-1 at the half, but it was the Cardinals who did the only scoring in the second half.
Before that, it was a well-played 40 minutes that followed with Robertson
scoring twice in the second half. The Cards are home to Sandia Prep on Oct. 12.
Academy of Technology and The Classics won handily, 6-0, over visiting Rehoboth in a District 1/1A/3A match at Santa Fe Downs. The Phoenix is now 9-1-2 overall and 1-0-1 in district. ATC showed balance, with five of its players scoring, led by Amberly Garcia’s pair of goals.
Up only 1-0 at halftime, the Phoenix dominated the second half with five goals. On Oct 11, ATC goes against Monte del Sol at the MRC field in Santa Fe.
In boy’s soccer, St. Michael’s also lost to Sandia Prep at home, 1-0, with it scoreless after two halves of regulation time. The overtime went eight minutes before the Sundevils ending things with a crossing pass into the box for a header into the back of the net.
The Horsemen fell to 6-7-1 overall and 3-2 in district.
In volleyball, it was Pojoaque Valley sweeping visiting Taos, 3-0. The Elkettes are now10-4 overall and 2-0 in district by winning 25-13, 25-14, 25-17, and next plays at Moriarty on Oct. 10, Taos, 7-6 and 0-2 heads for Capital High on Saturday.
Pojoaque had eight service errors on 73 attempts, as well as 28 kills and serving 11 aces.