The seeding committee did a pretty good job of handicapping the boys Class 1A-3A state high school soccer tournament as No. 1 Sandia Prep and No. 2 Bosque advanced to meet in today’s championship match.
BOSQUE 1, HOPE CHRISTIAN 0 (OT): Evan Hicks climbed high in front of the net, flicked his head on to a corner kick delivered into the middle of the penalty area by Juan Kleban, and sent it into an unguarded corner of the net five minutes into the first overtime to send the Bobcats (19-3) into the finale.
“I saw it coming in the whole way,” Hicks said. “The goalie is really athletic, but I saw him kind of in the middle of the goal, so I tried to get inside the near post.”
It worked just like that for Bosque.
“This is the type of game we play,” Bosque coach Klaus Weber said. “But we seem to find a way; they’re always finding a way.”
The No. 6 Huskies (12-11) played tough defense throughout the contest, but couldn’t come up with the big play when it was needed.
“It hurts,” Hope coach Steve Kokulis said. “Half our losses are to Prep and Bosque. They’re a tough team. They had an opportunity and they took it.”
Hicks said the Bobcats bided their time until the right opportunity came along.
“They had it going for this game,” he said of the Huskies. “Finally in the end, it just happened to fall to me, and I was able to put it away.”
SANDIA PREP 3, MONTE DEL SOL 0: The Sundevils (18-3) wasted little time in putting away the No. 4 Dragons (14-7), but Sandia Prep had to overcome a defensive game plan.
“They put nine or 10 guys behind the ball and that made it hard for us to get any kind of rhythm ,” Sandia Prep coach Tommy Smith said. “They played hard. We definitely didn’t play as well as we did (Thursday). But I think you can attribute part of that to them.”
Zack Tenorio scored twice for the Sundevils and Donald Jones added a score.
Although the Dragons came up a little short, coach Mazatl Galindo was pleased with the effort.
“I thought it was a very competitive match,” he said.
Monte del Sol wasn’t able to generate many scoring chances against the stout Sundevils’ defense and put few shots on frame. But part of that also can be attributed to the Dragons commitment to the defensive side.
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