By Nicky Romero
After a slow start in the 2010 season, the Socorro Lady Warriors Soccer Team is off and running and winning, extending their winning streak to six games. The last two being important district wins against the Hatch Lady Bears 8-0 and the Ruidoso Lady Warriors 10-0.
The wins helped to better their season record to 8-5-2 and a perfect 2-0 in district play. The Lady Warriors presently stand in eighth place in the state 3A rankings and are tied for first with Silver City in the district standings. The Lady Warriors opened up district play on Thursday, September 30th on the road against the Hatch Lady Bears.
Socorro went into halftime with a 4-0 lead and added four more goals in the second half for the easy win. Socorro lost the play of one of their key players, sophomore Amanda Saenz, who broke her leg in this game.
“Our leading scorer against Hatch was sophomore Dezirae Armijo with five goals”, said 8th year Coach Mitch Carrejo. “We just got her back about three weeks ago. She had hurt herself in basketball, so she missed the first seven games. We struggled a little bit without her, although junior Angelina Stanzione really picked it up. Right now, Angelina is the leading scorer in state with twenty-seven goals.
With both of these girls healthy, our offense is pretty potent. Eighth grader Dominique Molina scored two goals.” On Tuesday, October 5th, the Lady Warriors hosted the Ruidoso Lady Warriors and dominated them with a 10-0 victory. Ruidoso was able to get only two shots on goal. Stanzione scored five goals and Armijo had four goals. Sophomore DamiAna Contreras scored one goal. “We had six different girls with assists yesterday”, said Carrejo. “Everybody is getting involved We only have thirteen girls, fourteen before Amanda got hurt. We've had to move girls around and playing in positions that they haven't played. But they are really coming together now and we have a lot of confidence going into district. Other players on the team include senior Mileva Gacanich, juniors Zoe Howell, Jordan Vinson, Kaitlin Warden, sophomores Bryn Botko, JeriAna Contreras, Mirjana Gacanich, freshman Emily Burleson, and eighth grader Tionne Molina. Socorro's next game is on Thursday. October 7th, on the road against new district opponent Silver City at 5 pm. They then return home to play Hatch on Tuesday, October 12th at 4 pm.