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State soccer tournament: The champs are gone

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The first game of the boys Class 5A state tournament saw the defending champion sent packing.

Atrisco Heritage’s Gil Muñoz scored on a penalty kick late in the first overtime, as the eighth-seeded Jaguars beat No. 9 La Cueva 1-0 on Friday afternoon on the Jaguars’ field.

Senior Michael Sanchez was running down a ball behind the La Cueva defense when he collided just inside the box with both the Bears’ goalkeeper and a defender.

The referee called a penalty kick.

La Cueva's Jocelyn Jones (9) scores the Bears second goal against Valley in the first round of the state tournament Friday. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

La Cueva’s Jocelyn Jones (9) scores the Bears second goal against Valley in the first round of the state tournament Friday. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

“I thought it was a pretty good call,” Atrisco Heritage coach Micah Newman said. “I did believe Michael had a good play on the ball to score. It was a call that could have been made and was.”

Muñoz, a defender, was summoned for the PK.

He blasted a shot low and left into the corner, and sent the Jaguars to the next round.

“He’s been the guy we wanted to go to,” Newman said.

Atrisco (13-6) advances to the state quarterfinals on Thursday to play District 5-5A rival Albuquerque, the No. 1 seed.

The Bulldogs beat Atrisco in PKs the last time they met, two weeks ago.

“We’re two really defensive teams that don’t score goals that easy,” Newman said.

Cibola’s Gustavo Collaxo (19) controls the ball as Clovis’ Eduardo Hernandez defends during their game Friday at the APS Soccer Complex. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

Cibola’s Gustavo Collaxo (19) controls the ball as Clovis’ Eduardo Hernandez defends during their game Friday at the APS Soccer Complex. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

No. 5 CIBOLA 7, No. 12 CLOVIS 0: At the APS Complex, the night for the visiting Wildcats began badly with an own goal in the sixth minute.

Cibola had six goal scorers, including a flurry of goals late in the first half, that catapulted them to the quarterfinals on Thursday against Volcano Vista.

No. 6 SANDIA 2, No. 11 VALLEY 1: At the APS Complex, Dominic Trujillo and Jaron Tarin had goals six minutes apart in the first half as the Matadors advanced to face third-seeded Gadsden in the quarterfinals.

Girls

No. 10 CIBOLA 2, No. 7 SANDIA 1: At the APS Complex on Friday night, Susan Griffo’s goal in the 74th minute sent the Cougars to an upset victory and into the quarterfinals on Thursday against district rival Rio Rancho.

All the scoring came after halftime.

Cooper Sanchez of Sandia scored in the 55th minute, but the Cougars answered four minutes later with Lindsey Nials.

No. 5 LA CUEVA 7, No. 12 VALLEY 0: At the APS Complex, the defending state champions rolled past the Vikings easily, setting up a matchup in the next round with old nemesis Volcano Vista, the team the Bears have played in the last three state finals.

Jordyn Lacy had a hat trick for La Cueva, including three of the final four goals. She also assisted on both goals from teammate Jocelyn Jones.

The Bears outshot Valley 22-3.

First-round girls action in 5A continues today. No. 8 Albuquerque High plays host to No. 9 Hobbs at 11 a.m.

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