By Arnie Leshin
After losing non-district girls soccer matches to 6A Santa Fe High and 4A Los Alamos, St. Michael’s is on a roll with four-straight blow-out wins to run its overall record to 5-2 with a visit from non-district opponent Socorro Friday afternoon at the Christian Brothers Athletic Complex.
In what is head coach Alfonso Camarena’s third year, they have posted four shutouts, three coming in the last three matches in which they have outscored the opposition 28-1. Overall, it’s been 38 points scored and nine allowed. They are 2-0 at home and 3-2 on the road, with the losses to Santa Fe High and Los Alamos coming via the road.
St. Michael’s is looking for another state 3A championship. In Camera’s first season, it won state, and last year it lost state, both played at the University of New Mexico soccer complex.
A big loss came when mainstay goalkeeper Milena Keene graduated, but Camera put senior Jacqueline Gorman in the net and she’s responded while also playing some mid field and forward. One of the most versatile track and field athletes in the state, Gorman has made 25 saves and posted four shutouts. Freshman Marisa Dominquez, who also plays midfield, has also put in time as the keeper and has one shutout.
The leading scorer remains freshman Sophia Miera, a midfielder and striker, she has turned in eight goals, two more than senior leader Grace Sandoval, who plays midfield and forward, and junior Jada Lujan has tallied six while playing midfield and defense.
In assists, Sandoval leads the way with seven, two more than Lujan and senior Lauryn Pecos has returned after missing time because of knee surgery.
Others who have contributed are junior Cameran Gantt at midfield and on defense, senior Logan Hunt, a defender and forward, junior Tara Schneider, a midfielder and forward, and sophomore Eliana Sandoval, a midfielder and defender.
The 21-player roster lists four seniors, four juniors, 1 sophomore, eight freshmen, and four 8th graders.
Friday’s match with Socorro, now 1-7, is scheduled for a 4 o’clock start. After that, St. Michael’s plays at the two-day Albuquerque Sandia Prep Sundevil Invitational, and the remaining home matches are against District 2-3A rivals West Las Vegas, Santa Fe Prep, Santa Fe Indian School, and Robertson. The away matches are at Santa Fe Indian School, Robertson, West Las Vegas and Santa Fe Prep.