First-year St. Michael’s coach Robyn Serge and her white-hot Lady Horsemen, no doubt, would like another crack at Sandia Prep and Hope Christian. But that’ll have to wait until the state tournament.
In the meantime, Serge and company will have to settle for beating up on another District 4 team, Bosque School.
No. 2-ranked St. Mike’s (14-3) upped its win streak to 10 games with a 3-0 drubbing of the No. 5 Bobcats (8-9) on Thursday in non-district play at the Christian Brothers Athletic Complex.
“(Bosque School) was the team I coached at last year so we came into this one very pumped up,” Serge said. “There was no question that we had to leave with the win – and we did. I’m very proud of how we played.
“… This team, Bosque, just beat Sandia Prep, so if we see Sandia Prep or Hope again, we’ll put up a good fight.”
A-3A’s second-leading goal scorer, Nique Enloe, finished with two goals and Isabel Chavez had one in a contest the Lady Horsemen controlled from the start.
St. Mike’s outshot Bosque 6-1 in the first half, including Enloe’s goal in the 31st minute. Teammate Monse Camarena wrestled a ball away from a Bobcat defender and found Enloe along the left sideline. Enloe dribbled toward the corner, firing her shot just inside the far post to give St. Mike’s a 1-0 lead.
The Lady Horsemen continued to dominate in the second half, missing on four close scoring opportunities before Chavez netted the insurance score. The junior midfielder – on a pass from Nina LeBlanc from near the Bosque baseline – took the centering pass and sent her shot just under the crossbar in the 71st minute.
“I saw the goalie out of position – she was more to the left than she should have been,” Chavez said. “So I decided to shoot. I guess placement was on.”
And then deep into stoppage time, Enloe capped off the scoring with an unassisted blast from 15 yards out for her 36th goal of the season.
“Our district is weak and we were waiting for this game for so long,” Enloe said. “We were ready for a tough game and I think we showed how much we improved.
“We’re reaching our peak at the right time – right before state. I think we’re ready now to be a threat.”
Meanwhile, just days removed from a 2-1 upset win over Sandia Prep, Bosque coach Jacob Cortez said his players simply didn’t have it in them to match the intensity of the Lady Horsemen them after an emotional contest Tuesday.
“They had much more to gain than we had to lose,” he said. “This is their home field, (Serge) is Bosque’s coach from last year, so they came out more intense. I think they circled this game on their calender.
“… This would have been a huge win for us, but we have a tough A-3A schedule and had a lot more to concentrate on than just this one game. But fortunately for us, we’ll probably face them again and it’ll be in Albuquerque.”
NOTE: Sandia Prep’s Isabella Blewett-Raby, who appeared to be knocked unconscious during the contest, left the field afterward on her own. Cortez was uncertain of her status.