TOP STORY: GIRLS SOCCER
St. Michael’s, Robertson, Santa Fe Prep in quarterfinals of girl’s state soccer tournament Thursday afternoon, Lady Horsemen meet up with Sandia Prep, top seed, unbeaten Griffins go against Moriarty
In 5A, Los Alamos in quarters versus St. Pius X
By ARNIE LESHIN, Santa Fe Today
The Robertson girl’s soccer team learned to forget what happened before and concentrate on the matter at hand Saturday afternoon.
Having lost twice in District 2-4A, 3-0 and 1-0, to the Tigers, the Cardinals took the ride up to Taos and leaned on the score of averages, shutting down the home side, 2-0, to advance to Thursday’s 4A quarterfinals of the state soccer tournament at the Bernalillo Soccer Complex.
Their season will continue against the second-seeded Albuquerque Bosque School, with 2:30 p.m. the scheduled start. Robertson is now 10-11 and ended the Tigers’ season at 11-6.
St. Michael’s from the same district also moved on to the quarters by blanking visiting Hatch Valley, 6-0, Friday afternoon. The district runner-up now bring a 15-5 overall record when facing 3rd-seeded Albuquerque Sandia Prep, who they lost. 2-0, to in the regular season. Sandia is 13-7 and this match is also slated for 2:30 on another field.
The lone undefeated soccer team in the state, Santa Fe Prep, won 2-4A and came in as the No. 1 seed at 14-0-1, with the tie at 1-1 versus Bosque early in the campaign.
The Griffins will take on Moriarty (14-7) also at 2:30. In the fourth quarterfinal, Albuquerque Hope Christian, with a rather young team, is 11-10 and seeded fifth as it goes against fourth-seeded Socorro (14-4) after romping over Navajo Prep, 10-0.
The complex has four different playing fields.
In 5A, the top seed is Albuquerque Academy (16-4), and it plays 8th-seeded Roswell (13-8), which defeated Artesia, 3-0, in the first round at home. The second seed is Aztec (17-2) and it takes on seventh seeded Los Lunas (14-6-1), which opened at home by turning back Bloomfield, 7-2.
Then there’s No. 4 seed Farmington (16-4) going against 12th-seeded Los Lunas Valencia, which is 10-9-2 and upset fifth-seeded Alamogordo 5-4 in round one.
The other quarters matches 3rd-seeded Albuquerque St. Pius X against 6th-seeded Los Alamos, which opened by rolling over Grants, 10-0. St. Pius is 11-4-1 and the Hilltoppers 15-5-1.
All four of these matches are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. The semifinals are Friday at 10 a.m., the finals at 1 p.m. Saturday.
BOYS SOCCER ACTION
Bernalillo Soccer Complex is where the boys are, too, with Santa Fe Prep in defense of its 4A championship and in the quarterfinals Thursday, while in 5A, Albuquerque Academy is top seed
Fifth-seeded Griffins face No. 4 Moriarty, in 5A fourth-seeded Los Alamos meets up with No. 5 Roswell
In the boys 4A, all four quarterfinal matches are scheduled for 10:30 starts.
Defendant state champion Santa Fe Prep finds itself as the fifth seed with a 12-5-1 record. The Griffins take on fourth-seeded Moriarty (13-6-1).
The top seed is Albuquerque Hope Christian (18-2) and it meets up with 8th-seeded NMMI, which edged Portales, 2-1, at home. NMMI is 8-10-1.
Sandia Prep, the No. 2 seed, is 10-7-3, and goes up against 10th seeded Bosque School (7-11-3), which advanced by getting past No, 7 seed Socorro, 1-0.
In the other quarters, third seeded Robertson (14-6) meets up with No. 6 Hatch Valley (10-6-3), which ousted 11th seed Bernalillo, 2-1, at home.
In 5A, Valencia (9-10-1), which scored with 5:30 to go to oust No. 8 seed Capital,1-0, on the road and the Jaguars meet up with top seed Albuquerque Academy (15-3-2) Alamogordo, the second seed, is 15-3-2 and faces No. 7 Chaparral (12-9).
Then there’s fourth-seeded Los Alamos carrying in a 14-6 record and taking on No. 5 seed Roswell (15-5), which got past 12th seed Deming, 3-1, in the opening round on its home field.
The other quarterfinal matches No. 6 seed Farmington (15-4-2) against third seed St. Pius X (13-3-4). Farmington advanced by getting past 11th seeded visiting Aztec, 3-2.
These four quarters are slated for 1 p.m. The semis in both 4A and 5A are set for Friday at 12:30 p.m. The finals are Saturday at 3:30 p.m.