Thursday, November 5, 2009

Socorro girls roll into state tourney

By John Severance

SOCORRO – Playing in wind gusts of 20 to 25 mph, the Socorro girls soccer team rode the wind in the second half en route to a 2-0 victory against Santa Fe Prep on Oct. 30 in the first round of the state playoffs.
The Lady Warriors (17-3) will take on fourth seeded Hope Christian at 2 p.m. on Nov. 5 in the state quarterfinals in Albuquerque. If Socorro makes the semifinals, the game would be at 10 a.m. on Nov. 6 and the final would be at 10 a.m. on Nov. 7.
“We outplayed them,” Socorro coach Mitch Carrejo said. “We had the ball in their end 70 to 75 percent of the time and we outshot them 17-2.
“The wind was against us in the first half and when we played the ball in the air it would come right back to us.”
After a scoreless first half, freshman Dezara Armijo, battling the flu bug, found the net 15 minutes into the first half. With 10 minutes left, Janell Lopez added some insurance with a blast from 30 yards out for a 2-0 lead.
Next up for Socorro is a matchup against Hope Christian.
“We have not played them but the Santa Fe Prep coach said we match up well with them,” Correjo said.
Socorro and Hope Christian have played some simlar opponents.
Hope Christian (11-9) beat Santa Fe Prep 1-0. Bosque School beat Socorro 2-0 and Hope Christian 2-0 and 2-1. Socorro beat Robertson 4-0 and Hope Christian beat Robertson 2-0.
“The scores were similar and I think it is a pretty even matchup,” Carrejo said.
The key for Socorro’s success has been its defense.
The Warriors have not allowed a goal in their past five games. And for the season, they have only given up 21 goals.
“We have a pretty good defense,” Carrejo chuckled.
That might be the understatement of the year.

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