SANTA ANA PUEBLO — Heading into Thursday‘s girls Class 4A semifinals, Albuquerque Academy was feeling a little bit overlooked — at least as much a three-time defending state champion can feel such an emotion.
The third-seeded Chargers put themselves on track for a fourth consecutive blue trophy, rallying for a 3-2 victory against No. 2 Hope Christian at the soccer complex. The win evens the season series at 2-2 with the Huskies, but clearly, not all games are carry the same weight.
“No one’s been saying we could go back and win it again,” Academy coach Peter Glidden said. “It’s been talk about Hope, talk about Pius — and they’re great teams, but the championship comes through us.”
Academy will face those top-seeded Sartans Friday at 3 p.m. on Field 7. St. Pius advanced to the final with a 2-1 triumph over a scrappy No. 4 Aztec squad. The Chargers edged the Sartans 2-1 in double overtime at Academy in their only previous meeting on Sept. 21.