SANTA ANA PUEBLO — The Los Lunas boys soccer program doesn’t have much in the way of a championship pedigree, but when Eraclio Chavez took over as head coach two years ago, he knew he might have something special on his hands.
It didn’t take the Tigers long to realize Chavez’s expectations. Fourth-seeded Los Lunas completed its run through the Class 4A boys bracket with a 2-1 triumph over No. 2 Los Alamos at the complex on Friday. It was the Tigers’ first state championship since 1983, when it competed in a Class 3A populated by very few soccer programs.
“You can see a good program when you see the progression of it. This group of guys is very special,” Chavez said. “When I first got here last year, I knew I could do something magical with them. I really did.”