Thursday, November 5, 2009

Socorro boys fall in state soccer

By John Severance

SANTA FE – It was not the way that Socorro wanted to end its boys soccer season.
The Warriors went toe-to-toe with the Griffins at Santa Fe Prep before falling 2-1 on Oct. 30.
Santa Fe Prep scored the winning goal in the 47th minute when fullback Kevin Lowe launched a long pass downfield and forward McCall Sales touched the ball past goalie Erik DeCosta and a Socorro defender.
“It was a miscommunication between our keeper and defender,” Socorro coach Chuck Ngo said.
Socorro, actually, got on the scoreboard first in the third minute when Erik Garcia navigated his way through a bevy of Santa Fe Prep defenders and rifled a shot past goalie Danny Quinn.
Garcia also had a golden opportunity in the opening minute when his shot caromed off the crossbar.
“We had some really good chances early on,” Ngo said. “It easily could have been 2-0 or 3-0.”
Santa Fe Prep tied it in the 25th minute on a goal by Sales, who launched a shot past goalie Erik DeCosta. It was DeCosta, who kept Prep off the scoreboard early on with a number of spectacular saves.
At halftime, Socorro coaches pleaded with their players to win one for the seniors.
And they almost did.
After Prep scored in the 27th minute, Moazz Soliman just missed on a left-footed shot on the left side that went just wide of the net.
And when Socorro turned up the pressure in the final 10 minutes, it looked as if the Warriors had tied it on a shot by Garcia. But the linesman put his hand up for an offsides call.
Ngo strongly disagreed with the call. “That cost us the game,” he said. “Kevin, he was offside but he was not part of the play. When Eric got the ball, he was onside.”
The Warriors ended their season with an 7-12 record.

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