From pools to brackets, the Albuquerque Metro Soccer Championships make their segue into Week 2 with the semifinals tonight at the APS Complex.
Headlining is a rematch of last year’s Class 6A boys state final between Albuquerque High and La Cueva.
The Bulldogs were the only one of the four boys semifinalists to require a tiebreaking edge to advance out of pool play. AHS and Eldorado both finished 2-1, and the Eagles, in fact, beat AHS in pool action, but the ‘Dogs had the better overall goal differential.
La Cueva (3-0) posted a pair of 2-1 wins last week, including a double-overtime victory over Volcano Vista.
The Bears and AHS play at 6:30 p.m. today. At 6:45, a pair of 5-0 sides, Cleveland and Rio Rancho, meet in the other semi.
Rio Rancho is off to a blazing start, having scored 22 goals this season, and having outscored its three pool-play opponents by a combined 15-1. Cleveland endured two tough pool-play scrapes, with 3-2 results over Sandia, and, in a surprising double-OT match, West Mesa.
n The girls’ semis are today at 6:30 p.m. with Cibola-La Cueva, and 6:45 with Eldorado-Albuquerque Academy.
The defending 5A state champion Chargers had three shutouts in pool play, the key result being a 1-0 win over Albuquerque High in the opener. Eldorado’s 3-1 defeat of Cleveland in the pool opener also essentially locked up first place for the Eagles.
La Cueva’s important victory during pool play was 2-1 against Volcano Vista. Cibola’s 2-1, 2OT victory against Sandia separated those two teams in that pool.
HALL OF FAME INDUCTIONS: Albuquerque High and Rio Rancho have new Hall of Fame inductees.
AHS’s Athletes Hall of Fame has four new members: Robin Knight (1936; football, track and field), Clarence Bass (1955; wrestling, pentathlete), Frank Olguin (1977; basketball) and Jalen Dominguez (2004; basketball). They will be inducted at the Bulldog Breakfast of Champions on Sept. 15.
Rio Rancho High’s Sports Hall of Fame has five 2018 inductees: Matt Ortega (2007; wrestling); Vicente Varela (2007; wrestling); Tim Madigan (2007; golf); Dennis Friedland (wrestling coach 2000-2007) and Martha Griego, a longtime RRHS booster and a longtime dedicated volunteer. Those five will be honored Sept. 14.
CROSS COUNTRY: APS’ boys and girls team open their season on Friday at the Super Cinco at St. Pius X. A field of nearly 30 teams is entered.
The day will culminate at about 6:30 p.m. with the final two races. The No. 1 boys runners will take off, followed two minutes later by the No. 1 girls.
The start/finish line is at the northwest corner of the giant grass field that runs along Coors Blvd. Runners will make two loops on a course than snakes in and around the St. Pius campus. Rio Rancho and Hobbs are two of the top squads from outside Albuquerque competing.
THIS AND THAT: Diego Pavia of Volcano Vista on Tuesday lost his first appeal with the New Mexico Activities Association to regain his varsity football eligibility. If he takes his appeal to the next stage, his case could be heard in front of the entire NMAA board of directors on Sept. 19. … Valley High baseball player Nolan Kuhn on Tuesday verbally committed to Pima (Ariz.) Community College in Tucson.