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Girls state soccer roundup: Another No. 1 (in 5A) bites the dust


SANTA ANA PUEBLO — A bicycle kick goal in overtime for Sandia. A couple of OTs for Albuquerque High. A definitive statement by La Cueva. A rivalry win for Cibola.

The Class 5A girls state soccer quarterfinals had all kinds of variety as the even-seeded teams — No. 2 Sandia, No. 4 Cibola, No. 6 AHS and No. 8 La Cueva — posted quarterfinal victories Wednesday afternoon at the complex on the Santa Ana Pueblo.

Thursday’s 12:30 p.m. semifinals are La Cueva-Cibola and Sandia-AHS.

No. 8 LA CUEVA 3, No. 1 CENTENNIAL 0: A flurry of first-half goals, including two by senior forward Hannah Duffy, left the previously unbeaten Hawks (19-1) dazed, and the Bears (17-2-1) completely dominated.

“It was very important to the girls,” La Cueva coach Amber Ashcraft said. “We were still a little upset about being the 8 seed.”

Duffy had goals in the 13th and 18th minutes, and sophomore defender Taryn Robles tallied in the 23rd minute.

“Duffy has amazing speed, and we were so excited to get out here on the big, grass fields and be able to utilize that speed,” Ashcraft said.

Ironically enough, she added, the Bears played even better in the second half than they did the first 40 minutes. But that initial burst was the difference.

“We knew we needed to score quick and put a bunch of goals in the net,” Ashcraft said.

The Bears — ranked No. 1 in 5A, despite their seed — were delighted to have dispatched Centennial (ranked No. 8, despite their seed), and it ensured that an Albuquerque-area school will win the state title in the large-school classification for the 13th consecutive season.

“We wanted to show everyone that they kind of messed up (seeding us),” said Robles. “We definitely felt we were the better team.”

La Cueva’s seed was a direct result of Eldorado’s résumé. The Eagles were seeded seventh, and since they were the District 2 champion ahead of the Bears – on the basis on a one-goal tiebreaking differential in two head-to-head games – they had to be seeded above La Cueva, according to the bylaws of the New Mexico Activities Association.

La Cueva went 0-1-1 against Cibola in the regular season.

No. 2 SANDIA 2, No. 7 ELDORADO 1 (OT): The greatest goal of Hannah Gallegos’ life was one she never even saw.

The Matadors’ senior forward electrified the crowd with a bicycle kick in the 82nd minute, capping a stirring comeback win for the Matadors (15-4) over the Eagles (13-7).

“I don’t know what crossed my mind,” a smiling Gallegos said. “I could have turned and shot it, but there was not time for that.”

The OT was only possible because of a 78th-minute goal from Sydney Groth of Sandia. On the game-winner, Kaitlin Mack pinged it in the air, and from there Gallegos did the rest.

“I’ve never even tried it in a game before,” Gallegos said. “I didn’t know it went in until people started screaming. It was definitely a moment to remember.”

But Gallegos never saw it go into the net.

“I’ve never seen a goal like that in high school soccer,” Sandia coach Jay Sheraden said.


Eldorado 0 1 0—1

Sandia 0 1 1—2

Scoring: E, Angel Vargas, 62Nd; S, Sydney Groth (Lindsey Elison) 75th; Hannah Gallegos (Carena Harrison), 82nd. Shots: E 5, S 12. Corner Kicks: E 1, S 2. Saves: E 4 (Darya Mosallaci), S 4 (Charlee Wimberly). Rec.: E 13-7, S 16-4.

No. 6 AHS 1, No. 3 CLEVELAND 0 (2 OT): The Bulldogs mostly controlled the play, but failed to finish several prime scoring chances in regulation.

But on tired, heavy legs, AHS (14-4-1) perserved and got the game-winner in the 93rd minute, as sophomore Sabrina Reyes lifted her right leg waist-level high and swatted home the game’s only goal off a corner from teammate Rylee Martinelli.

“I was so happy,” Reyes said. “I couldn’t breathe for a second.”

It was a fitting finish for the Bulldogs, who desperately wanted to avoid PKs with the Storm (12-6-1).

“We knew today was the day — we proceed or we’re done,” AHS coach Natasha Lee said. “And they did not want to be done. They were determined.”


AHS 0 0 1 — 1

Cleveland 0 0 0 — 0

Scoring: AHS, 93rd, Sabrina Reyes (Rylee Martinelli). Shots on goal: AHS 20; C 7. Saves: AHS, Joanna Finley 5; C, MacKenzie Douglas 16. Corners: AHS 4; C 6. Records: AHS 14-4-1; C 12-6-1.

No. 4 CIBOLA 3, No. 5 VOLCANO VISTA 1: Junior forward Sydni Burrup had a hat trick in the second half as the Cougars (16-2-1) overcame a first-half deficit to the beat the Hawks (14-5-1).

She slammed home the equalizer 3 minutes into the second half from 15 yards out. Six minutes later, Cibola freshman Corinne Whitsell pressed and played a ball into the middle.

“I was on it just as two Volcano Vista defenders were closing in,” Burrup said. She left-footed it home before they could touch it out for a 2-1 lead. Burrup completed the hat trick in the 75th minute.

— James Yodice

(Click here for the Girls 5A bracket.)

Class 1A-3A GIRLS

SANTA ANA PUEBLO — The top two seeds advanced comfortably in girls Class 1A-3A quarterfinal action at the Soccer Complex on Wednesday, but there were also a couple minor upsets in the bracket — at least in terms of seeding.

Top-seeded Sandia Prep cruised past No. 9 Robertson 4-0, while No. 2 Socorro did all of its damage in the first half in a 6-0 romp against No. 7 Navajo Prep. No. 5 Santa Fe Prep bested No. 4 Hatch Valley 4-0, and No. 6 St. Michael’s edged No. 3 Bosque 3-2.

The Sundevils (14-2) will face the Blue Griffins (11-4-1) and the Warriors (20-1) will meet the Horsemen (15-6-1) Thursday at 10 a.m.

NO. 6 ST. MICHAEL’S 3, NO. 3 BOSQUE 2: Frances Schneider scored the winning goal in a tense third meeting between the District 2-1A/3A rivals.

St. Michael’s led 2-0 early in the second half before the Bobcats (12-5-1) stormed back to tie the score on the strength of goals by Aviva Elliott and Lucia Hoelter.

“I think they kind of rested on their laurels a little bit, got a little too comfortable,” St. Michael’s coach Anthony Cassaro said. “Bosque’s a good team; they made us pay for our mistakes. Ultimately, I think our quality is what got us through that game.”

Schneider struck the decisive blow when she rocketed a shot over Bosque keeper Hannah Pacheco.

“I tried my hardest to finish it,” Schneider said. “I was going all in for it.”

Bosque frantically attacked in the game’s waning moments but couldn’t break through. It was a frustrating ending for the Bobcats.

“I thought we were the better team. I just think we gave them a little bit of space when we were on defense.They had a few great shots and they went in the net,” Bosque coach Jacob Cortez said.


St. Michael’s 1 2—3

Bosque School 0 2—2

Scoring: S, Grace Sandoval (Frances Schneider); S, Olivia Farrar (Sandoval); B, Aviva Elliott (Abby Schneider); B, Lucia Hoelter (Raila Jaffer); S, Schneider (Farrar). Rec.: S 15-6-1; B 12-5-1.

NO. 1 SANDIA PREP 4, NO. 9 ROBERTSON 0: Jackie Rodriguez scored a pair of goals in the first half to help propel the Sundevils to their third victory over the Cardinals (8-13-1).

“The big thing that really set us apart today was the amount of possession that we had through the midfield. The finishing up front from our playmakers, Jackie Rodriguez and Kiran Hill, really allowed us to dominate the game,” Sandia Prep coach Matt Westerlund said.

Hill and Isabella Abeyta-Jefferson tacked on goals in the second half for the Sandia Prep, which outscored Robertson by an aggregate 12-1 in three meetings.


Robertson 0 0—0

Sandia Prep 2 2—4

Scoring: SP, 9th, Jackie Rodriguez (Austin Tackman); SP, 29th, Rodriguez (Alex Forrester); SP, 47th, Isabella Abeyta-Jefferson (Maria Merritt); SP, 69th, Kiran Hill. Saves: SP, Sam Jeffries 5; R, Maricela Montoya 20. Shots: SP 24; R 6. Corner Kicks: SP 4; R 1. Rec.: SP 14-4-2; R 8-13-1.

NO. 5 SANTA FE PREP 5, NO. 4 HATCH VALLEY 0: Lynn Robey scored four goals and the Blue Griffins shook off a slow start to defeat the Bears.

While Robey was the star of the day, Santa Fe Prep coach Stephanie Coppola also credited her team’s defense for limiting Hatch Valley’s opportunities.

“I think our defensive back four played very, very well,” she said. “Our goalkeeper (Allison Kice) didn’t have to make a lot of saves, but the saves she made were excellent.”


Santa Fe Prep 2 3—5

Hatch Valley 0 0—0

Scoring: SFP, Hayden Colfax, SFP, Lynn Robey; SFP, Robey; SFP, Robey; SFP, Robey. Saves: SFP, Allison Kice 3. Rec.: SFP 11-4-1, H 17-3-1

NO. 2 SOCORRO 6, NO. 7 NAVAJO PREP 0: Five players scored in the opening half and the Warriors cruised from there against the Eagles (11-7-3).

Socorro coach Michael Olguin Jr. admitted to wanting a more complete game from his team, but he couldn’t find much to complain about after a torrid first half. “Just the passing, the communication, the vision — everything was on,” he said.


Navajo Prep 0 0—0

Socorro 6 0—0

Scoring: S, Kayla Botko; S, Serena Van Landingham; S, Consuelo Apache; S, Apache; S, Lola Apodaca; S, Kaylene Baca. Shots: N 2, S 21. Saves: NP 21, S 2. Corner Kicks: N 0, S 9. Rec.: S 20-1, N 11-7-3.

— Tristen Critchfield

(Click here for the Girls 1A-3A bracket.)


Del Norte’s Savannah Hess, left, tries to elbow her way past Albuquerque Academy’s Juliet Knouse during the Chargers’ victory Wednesday afternoon. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

SANTA ANA PUEBLO — Upsets, well not so much. Close games, eh, not really.

The favorites in the Class 4A girls state soccer tournament Wednesday showed exactly why they were so highly regarded, with all four top seeds advancing with little trouble, setting up No. 1 Albuquerque Academy against No. 4 against No. 4 Los Alamos in a rematch of last season’s Class 5A championship game, while No. 2 Hope Christian meets No. 3 St. Pius.

ST. PIUS 5, GODDARD 0: Sartans (13-6-1) coach David Sullivan has a bit of a premonition about the game.

“What we talked about (Wednesday) was they’re a good team but we have 17 soccer players and if we come out and out work them, everything would take care of themselves,” said St. Pius coach David Sullivan Jr. “And I told them on Monday, ‘If you come out and out work that team, 5-0. If not, well.’ Then I told them thanks for making me right.”

St. Pius got goals from five players, with Emma Donlin collecting a goal and two assists. The Rockets (11-8-2) struggled throughout to put much offense.

“I told the girls, my expectations going into this year knowing we were going to be young, and I told my AD, if we get to the semifinals, it’s like winning state,” Sullivan said. “We’re young, 14 freshman and sophomores out of our top 21. I told the girls, if we can get this game taken care of, tomorrow we’re playing with house money. We have nothing to lose. Everyone has said that the two-seed, they’re the one that should go forward. So there’s no pressure on us. We can play free and With so many youngsters, the Sartans’ game was a little ragged at the outset.

“We started off a little nervous because we’re a little young,” said junior Hannah Irons. “A few of the girls haven’t played state with us but then we started to get into the groove of things and we just put it away early.”

Elena Resta scored shortly after the opening whistle for St. Pius, but then the Sartans went nearly a half hour before finding the goal again.

“We didn’t think it was going to be that tough,” Irons said. “We knew as long as we worked hard and got first to every ball it was going to be an easy match-up.

We were moving the ball well. We know we’re going to have play harder in the future. I guess it’s a good rest now for our next game.”

No. 3 ST. PIUS 5, No. 6 GODDARD 0

Goddard      0        0- -0

St. Pius       3        2- -5

Scoring: SP, 1st, Elena Resta (unassisted); SP, 27th, Esperanza  Chavez (Emma Donlin); SP, 32nd, Grace Romero (Gabby Jeantete); SP, 72nd, Hannah Irons (Donlin); 77th, Donlin (Amber Taibbi).

Shots on goal: G 1; SP 9. Corner kicks: G, 4; SP 1. Saves: G, Sarah Mathisin 5; SP 1.

Records: SP 13-6-1; G 11-8-2

LOS ALAMOS 4, AZTEC 0: The Hilltoppers (15-5) broke open a close game in the second half.

“We saw Aztec a couple of weeks ago,” Los Alamos coach Ann Cernicek said. “But we played them on turf at our place so to play them at neutral grass is definitely good for us to see what we could do to get ready for (today).”

Alix Hailey and Alyssa Parker each had a goal an assist for Los Alamos. The Tigers (12-9-1) had several solid scoring chances, but could not find the net.

No. 4 LOS ALAMOS 4, No. 5 AZTEC 0

Aztec           0        0- -0

Los Alamos 1       3- -4

Scoring: LA, 5th, Katie Hopkins (unassisted); LA, 43th, Alix Hailey (Kaitlyn McGrane); LA, 49th, Alyssa Parker (unassisted); LA, 58th, Hailey (Parker).

Shots on goal: A 4; LA 19. Corner kicks: A 1; LA 6. Saves, A 9; LA, Anna Lemke 4.

Records: LA 15-5; A 12-9-1

HOPE CHRISTIAN 5, ARTESIA 0: A late goal at the end of the first half was the dagger for the Huskies (17-2-2) over the Bulldogs (12-7-1).

“I think we controlled the game for the most part,” said Hope coach Kristal Coker. “I think we started off a little scared and nervous but once we kind of got going we seemed to be able to handle the ball a little better.”


Artesia         0        0- -0

Hope Christian      3        2- -5

Scoring: HC, 3rd, Brenna Mcguirk (Kyra Stafford); HC, 35th, Mcguirk (unassisted); HC, 40th, Heather Gibbs (unassisted); HC, 46th, Mcguirk (unassisted); HC, 56th, HC, Addison Anaya (unassisted).Corner kicks: A 2; HC 4. Saves: A, Kamily Marquez 15; HC, Cassi Wright 0.

Records: HC 17-2-1, 12-7-1

ALBUQUERQUE ACADEMY 9, DEL NORTE 0: Tessa Anderson had three goals for the Chargers (19-2) and the state’s top goal scorer Eliza Mariner took a break from denting the net to dish out a couple of assists in overwhelming the Knights (11-9).


Del Norte              0        0- -0

Albuquerque Academy   6        3- -9

Goals (Assists): A, Tessa Anderson 3; A, Alexis Lin 2 (1); A, Hannah Cheus 1 (1); A, Emma Brown 1; A, Mava Land 1 (2); A, Anna Carpio 1;  A, Eliza Mariner (2); A, Erin Picket (1).

Records: AA 19-2; DN 11-9

(Click here for the Girls 4A bracket.)

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