By Arnie Leshin
St. Michael’s and Robertson are competitive rivals in just about every sport, so it was a plus Tuesday afternoon when both the Lady Horsemen and Horsemen soccer teams got past the Cardinals.
At the Christian Brothers Athletic Complex, the Lady Horsemen prepared for Thursday’s key match at top-ranked, defending state 1A/3A champion Albuquerque Sandia Prep, by turning back the Cards, 8-2. It was the sixth straight win for head coach Maggie Feil’s team, and it is now 12-2 overall.
At Robertson, the Horsemen disposed of the Cardinals, 5-3, to even their overall record at 6-6-1 and drop Robertson to 4-9. In another boy’s matchm Santa Fe Prep advanced to 2-7 by defeating visiting Albuquerque Oak Grove/Menual, 7-1.
In other girl’s soccer play, the visiting Griffins made it 2-0 for the day by handing Santa Fe Indian School a 3-0 setback. Prep is now 4-6 and the Braves fell to 2-10.
Then there was Academy of Technology and The Classics played a two-overtime 2-2 tie with Navajo Prep in Farmington. After the pair of
overtimes were scoreless, the match ended with the 2-2 score. For the Phoenix, it put its record at 8-2-2.
Heading indoors, in volleyball,
visiting St. Michael’s added to its two soccer victories by sweeping Santa Fe Prep, 3-0. At Albuquerque High, Santa Fe High School swept past the Bulldogs, 3-0, to move its overall mark to 9-2. At Robertson, Santa Fe Indian School was shut down in a 3-0 zip versus the Cardinals, who are now 8-3, and put the Braves at 3-9.
Pojoaque Valley is now 9-4 after winning all three sets at Espanola Valley, which dropped to 3-5. The scores were 25-14, 25-14, 25-9. The Demonettes won 25-15, 25-10, 25-17. St. Michael’s put together sets of 25-18, 25-19, 25-21, while Robertson’s sweep came via scores of 25-9, 25-16, 25-11.
Four volleyball matches that brought out the brooms via the sweeps.
NOTES: The Wednesday New Mexico Overtime Coaches Poll did not have a single Santa Fe area school on top in football, boys and girl’s soccer, and volleyball, but that can change as the fall season continues.
In the football polls, Capital is ranked 10th in 5A and gets a visit Friday night from 4A leader Portales. Santa Fe High, which received votes in the same 5A poll, also has a tough test Friday night when it travels to Aztec, which is ranked fourth in 4A. In 3A, St. Michael’s holds down the No. 8 spot, while Robertson is 5th and West Las Vegas 6th.
On the volleyball courts, the polls find defending state 3A champion St. Michael’s at No. 3, with Robertson on top. In 5A, Santa Fe High is placed 5th, in 4A, Pojoaque Valley holds down the 4thspot, and in 2A, Pecos is the No. 2 team and Monte del Sol is at No. 9.
Boy’s soccer finds Capital not in the top-10, but receiving votes, In 1A/3A, there’s Monte Del Sol listed third, St. Michael’s sixth, and Santa Fe Prep eighth. In 4A, Los Alamos is presently third and Taos fourth.
Girl’s soccer has St. Michael’s in the No. 3 spot, Robertson at No. 5, ATC at No. 6, and Santa Fe Prep at No. 8. Top of the heap is 3-time defending champion Sandia Prep as it awaits the visit from the Lady Horsemen Thursday.
Last year, the Sundevils won their three matches versus St. Michael’s, all by 1-0 scores home and away and in the state final. In 4A, Los Alamos is ranked sixth.