Lady Horsemen senior Tiana Baca scores three times, while Monte del Sol freshman Moises Cerda tallies twice in the second half of District 2-1A/4A play Monday
By ARNIE LESHIN, Santa Fe Today
Monte del Sol’s boy’s soccer team was outshot, out numbered, and didn’t have any substitutes available late in the second half.
Despite this, the Dragons (3-3-1) were able to come away with a 3-2 District 2-1A/4A win over St. Michael’s Monday at the MRC rugby field where Monte del Sol plays its home matches.
The Horsemen (2-4-1) assisted by being a man down after their second penalty, and this helped the Dragons increase their lead to 3-1. Two of their goals were scored by freshman Moises Cerda, who now has seven for the season, and senior Ulises Gutierrez, the team captain. Both of Cerda’s goals came via penalty kicks after intermission.
For St. Michael’s, senior Wesley Reynolds and junior Justice Johnson tallied the goals. It was the district opener for the Horsemen, while Monte del Sol advanced to 1-1. An assist was given to St. Michael’s sophomore Wesley Graham.
The next match for St. Michael’s is at home Thursday versus Bosque School
(1-6-1). The Horsemen should be due after opening with two wins, a tie, and have now dropped two straight.
In girl’s soccer, St. Michael’s had no problem shutting down the Dragons, 10-0, at the same site. Leading scorer, senior Tiana Baca, scored twice and seven players tallied once each.
But the biggest cheers came in the second half when senior goalkeeper Megan Burnham took the field to score her first goal.
“I put here up front, said head coach Gerzain Chavez, “and her goal was special.”
Also, junior Claire Lee came up with two goals and one assist, 8th grader Olivia Farrar assisted on two goals and added one of her own, sophomore Maya Chavez had a goal and as assist, same as sophomore teammate Daisy Smith, senior Aserid Giblin tallied once, and then there was Burnham.
Burnham, who made four saves while in net, was replaced in the second half by junior Alice Pittard and 8th grader Milena Keene, who played 15 minutes each before the match was called. It put the Lady Horsemen at 4-1 and they are home today against Socorro (5-2), and at Bosque School (4-3-2) Thursday.
Socorro could be a tough task. It opened by winning its first four and outscoring the opposition 22-6. Then it lost 3-1 at Sandia Prep and 3-2 in a pair of overtimes at Roswell Goddard.
Monte del Sol was playing only its second match, losing the opener 2-1 against visiting Kirtland Central. Thursday, it plays at Capital High.