By Arnie Leshin
Four more regular-season matches remaining as the young St. Michael’s girls soccer, under first-year head coach Maggie Feil, have won 13 of 16 after turning back visiting Santa Fe Prep, 4-2, at the Christian Brothers Athletic Complex Tuesday afternoon.
It’s a 21-player roster with only three seniors mixed in with three 8th graders, six freshmen, four sophomores, and five juniors. It lost all its games on the road, 4-0 at Albuquerque St. Pius X, 4-3 at Socorro, and 2-1 at Albuquerque Sandia Prep, who the Lady Horsemen lost, 1-0, to in last year’s state 3A state final played in Bernalilo.
The Sundevils, 13-1 overall and 5-0 in District 2, have won nine straight, and will hit the road to play St. Michael’s on Oct. 22 in the regular-season conclusion. Before that, the Lady Horsemen take the short ride over to Santa Fe Indian School (2-11, 0-5) Thursday, to Albuquerque Bosque Charter School (6-4, 3-2), and to Robertson (8-5, 2-3) on Monday.
With 18 schools in 3A, St. Michael’s is one goal behind leading East Mountain, with 85, and has allowed 21. Academy of Technology and The Classics, which is 9-1-2, had given up 11, four more than Sandia Prep.
Against the Griffins, who defeated the Lady Horsemen, 1-0 and 2-1 last season, three junior strikers, Olivia Farrar, Rachel Morgan and Francis Schneider, sparked the offense. Farrar and Morgan put in a pair of goals each, and Schneider came away with three assists.
It was scoreless at halftime, but St. Michael’s took charge in the second half and sophomore goalkeeper Milene Keene picked up her shutout and Feil’s team advanced its home record to