RIO RANCHO, N.M. — It’s not easy to repeat as a state champion in practically every sport — and in boy’ Class 5A soccer, no team has won two in a row since 2011, when Eldorado claimed its second blue trophy in a row.
It just might be “worry-time” for Cleveland High coach Shaun Gill, whose team opened the 1-5A slate with back-to-back losses — 3-2 to visiting Rio Rancho and then 2-0 to Atrisco Heritage Academy “Just a little bump in the road,” he said to his players — at the APS soccer complex on Sept. 28.
The Observer sat down with Gill during the Storm JV game on the 28th, two hours before that loss to the Jaguars.
What was your life like after winning the 2018 state championship? It was kinda surreal, you know, working 10 years building up Cleveland, being at Cleveland and then just watching the progression, and finally it accumulated to what we’ve been working for for so long.