Class 1A-3A boys soccer: Sandia Prep rolls past NMMI for crown - Albuquerque Journal

Class 1A-3A boys soccer: Sandia Prep rolls past NMMI for crown

Sandia Prep’s Leighton Dellabarca, right, and Mateo Burgos celebrate after Dellabarca scored in Thursday’s win over New Mexico Military Institute for the Class 1A-3A boys championship played at the UNM Soccer Complex. (Mike Sandoval/For the Journal)
(Click here for the 1A-3A boys bracket.)
It took a misunderstanding of the rules just before halftime to turn a close Class 1A-3A state soccer championship match into one decidedly in Sandia Prep’s favor.
But then, when it comes to state finals, that’s usually the way it goes for the Sundevils.
With a strong 5-2 win Thursday over third-seeded New Mexico Military Institute (15-5-1) at the University of New Mexico Soccer and Track Complex, No. 1 Sandia Prep (21-2) won its second straight championship and 20th blue trophy overall, 13 of those under coach Tommy Smith.
“It doesn’t get old,” Smith said. “Each season is different. It’s like we’re starting over. It doesn’t stop the hunger to still want to win. First full season with the pandemic and we went 21-2. Not many teams win 20 games. All my great teams of the early 2000s, we only won 20 games twice. It’s a difficult thing to do.”
Finnegan Saunders scored in each half, but the game turned just before halftime. With the score tied at 1-all, Jaxon Tregembo lined up for an indirect kick just inside the half line. He launched a perfect ball destined for the goal’s top shelf.
Sandia Prep’s Sudais Ball, right, goes for a header against NMMI’s Jose Donnadieu. (Mike Sandoval/For the Journal)
Colts goalkeeper Jorgé Hernandez, facing right into the sun, got only a piece of the shot. Had he not, the score would not have counted.
Tregembo did not realize the foul resulted in an indirect kick, either, meaning another player beside the kicker, must touch it before it can go in the goal.
“I was planning on shooting it all along,” Tregembo said. “I didn’t know it was indirect. I kind of got lucky. But I put it on frame, it was in was a perfect spot so I can’t be happier that it was a goal.”
Sometimes that is all the difference necessary, Smith said.
“I guess he got a touch on it. That’s the reason it was a goal,” he said. “So a little bit of luck, too. Sometimes a little luck helps. That got us going into halftime. You go in 1-1 at half and your whole mindset is different. I think that was huge.”
Tregembo said that was the game changer.
“I know that energized us to put as many goals away as we did in the second half,” he said. “It was over once that goal went in, and I knew it. I knew it.”
No. 1 SANDIA PREP 5, No. 3 NEW MEXICO MILITARY INSTITUE 2
New Mexico Military Institute 1        0- -2
Sandia Prep                   2        3- -5
Scoring: SP, 19th, Finnegan Saunders (Leighton Dellabarca); NMMI, 23rd, Ben Zimmerman (John Zimmerman); SP, Jaxon Tregembo (unassisted); SP, 47th, Dellabarca (Tregembo); SP, 69th, Saunders (Mateo Burgos); SP, 72nd, Burgos (Capp Terrell); NMMI, 79th, José Lopez (José Donnadieu).
Shots on goal: NMMI 4; SP 10. CKs: NMMI 2; SP 3. SVs: NMMI, Jorgé Hernandez 5; SP, Alex Jeffries 2.
Records: SP 21-2; NMMI 15-5-1.
Home » From the newspaper » Class 1A-3A boys soccer: Sandia Prep rolls past NMMI for crown


Albuquerque Journal and its reporters are committed to telling the stories of our community.

• Do you have a question you want someone to try to answer for you? Do you have a bright spot you want to share?
   We want to hear from you. Please email yourstory@abqjournal.com

taboola desktop

1
Santa Fe High's Waggoner named Gatorade soccer player of ...
Boys' Soccer
Alex Waggoner of Santa Fe High ... Alex Waggoner of Santa Fe High School is the 2021-22 Gatorade New Mexico Boys Soccer Player of the Year, per Gatorade's announcement on Thursday. ...
2
Yodice: All-Metro soccer list reveals a deep talent pool
Boys' Soccer
After a pandemic-related hiatus during the ... After a pandemic-related hiatus during the last school year, the Journal's All-Metro teams are back. ...
3
Prep notes: Vigil is state's player of the year; ...
Boys' Soccer
Rio Rancho High School senior running ... Rio Rancho High School senior running back Zach Vigil on Tuesday was named New Mexico's Gatorade Player of the Year in football. The University ...
4
Class 5A boys soccer: Waggoner's epic night lifts Santa ...
Boys' Soccer
Alex Waggoner's 73rd goal of the ... Alex Waggoner's 73rd goal of the season was also the most meaningful goal in the heretofore modest history of the Santa Fe High School ...
5
Class 4A boys soccer: Emotional Academy holds off persistent ...
Boys' Soccer
(Class 4A boys bracket) Not to ... (Class 4A boys bracket) Not to get too mystical, but Albuquerque Academy gave credit to its 12th man Friday for its Class 4A boys ...
6
Class 1A-3A boys soccer: Sandia Prep rolls past NMMI ...
Boys' Soccer
(Click here for the 1A-3A boys ... (Click here for the 1A-3A boys bracket.) It took a misunderstanding of the rules just before halftime to turn a close Class 1A-3A state ...
7
Class 5A boys soccer: Sandia blanks La Cueva; No. ...
Boys' Soccer
It's Sandia, for the first time ... It's Sandia, for the first time in 15 years, and Santa Fe, for the first time ever, in the Class 5A ...
8
4A boys soccer: Academy nips Highland, to meet Lovington ...
Boys' Soccer
The synced-up duo of Sanchit Singh ... The synced-up duo of Sanchit Singh and Neven Zapatka on Wednesday afternoon sent the Albuquerque Academy boys soccer program back to another state final. ...
9
Prep soccer: Sandia Prep sweeps way into boys', girls' ...
Boys' Soccer
It was a banner day for ... It was a banner day for the homesteading Sandia Prep boys and girls soccer teams Tuesday as both advanced to Thursday's Class 1-3A state ...