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Storm Girls Beat No. 1 Academy

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The second-ranked Cleveland High girls soccer team got a late goal on Saturday morning to beat Albuquerque Academy 2-1 in the title game of the Chargers' tournament.

The Storm (8-0) rallied from a halftime deficit against the defending state champion Chargers, ranked No. 1 in 4A.

Caitlyn Espinosa, who had both goals in Cleveland's 2-1 semifinal win over Rio Rancho on Friday, scored the equalizer Saturday almost midway through the second half.

In the 70th minute, Addie Himmelberger converted on a rebound to give Cleveland the lead, and the win.

"She was exactly where we tell our forwards to be," Cleveland coach Amanda Stout said of Himmelberger, who capitalized when Academy's goalkeeper only batted away the ball on an initial Storm shot.

"Academy is a really great win for us," said Stout, whose team trails only Sandia in the Class 5A girls' poll. "Both teams played really well, and for us, that was a quality game to win."

The Las Cruces boys, ranked fourth in 5A, followed at Richard Harper Memorial Field with a tournament title of their own, downing upstart Cleveland 3-1. For the Storm, it was the program's first tournament championship game.


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