SANTA ANA PUEBLO — Winning a state championship was a magnificent moment for the Sandia High School girls soccer team on Friday afternoon.
Winning it at the expense of La Cueva — with an interim coach at the helm, to boot? The Matadors understandably were thrilled about that as well.
“That’s the team we always want to beat,” Sandia senior Hannah Gallegos said. “And we did it when it mattered.”
After 120 grueling minutes of regulation and four overtimes, the second-seeded Matadors (17-4) were the calmer, sharper team in penalty kicks, outscoring the eighth-seeded Bears 4-2 in the shootout as Sandia won the Class 5A title, its first championship in this sport since 2008.