Sisters Adriana and Monse Camarena of St. Michael’s have a special bond on the soccer field.
“That’s very accurate,” said Adriana, a senior. “I know whenever I send a ball, Monse is going to be on the opposite end of it.”
The two are used to what each other is going to do on the field because when they were growing up they played together on the same club team coached by their father.
“I love it,” Adriana said. “It’s my favorite thing in the world.”
Monse, a sophomore who is about 18 months younger than her sister, cherishes this last opportunity to play together.
“I love playing with my sister,” she said. “She’s always been one of my biggest supporters. Whatever happens, knowing you have your sister there with you, it’s a great feeling.”
This whole season has been a great feeling for the Lady Horsemen, who are rolling with a 15-2 record and 9-0 in the admittedly weak District 2-1A/4A.
Monse, a forward, is second on the team with 24 goals and 12 assists, while Adriana has five goals with 12 assists. Monse’s 60 points (through Wednesday) are seventh in the state. She’s one of the three Horsemen in the top 10 in scoring, led by Nique Enloe with 67 points on 28 goals and 11 assists.
“They’ve played the game for many years,” St. Mike’s coach Robyn Serge said of the sisters. “They understand the game. They’ve been very well coached and they pick things up. They create good combinations together. They see things that most athletes don’t see. They’ll create offensively for us.”
What they’re hoping to create is a state championship, particularly Adriana, who is likely in her last season of competitive soccer.
“I’ve been on varsity since my freshman year and we’ve been knocked out in the semis every year,” she said. “Our goal is to win state this year. We’ve been working incredibly hard for it and hopefully it pays off.”
Adriana is one of eight seniors on the squad, all of whom play a vital role, Serge said.
“She’s a team leader,” she said. “All of my seniors are team leaders. She steps up and gets girls motivated and gets them ready to compete at a higher level. She’s expected to be that.”
As a wing, Adriana also is expected to help facilitate the offense, Serge said, and she does a good job of that.
Monse, however, has a different role on the team.
“Her role is simply to score,” Serge said. “She’s up there at the top of the field. We have another sophomore at the top of the field, Nique, they’re our top scorers and they’re both young players, which is good for our future.”
As far as Adriana is concerned, however, the future is right now because later she plans to concentrate on college.
“I want to go a D-I (Division One) school and I didn’t think I’d be able to play soccer at a D-I school,” she said.
Monse, on the other foot, has a big-time goal of playing collegiately.
“I would love to play college soccer,” she said. “That’s one of my biggest soccer dreams.”
As to where, Monse is not too particular at this point.
“I have a really open mind,” she said. “Whatever schools I can talk to, whatever schools come up, I’m pretty open-minded.”
For now, however, college can wait – there’s another task at hand.
“Last year, we lost in the semis to Sandia Prep, who we beat pretty good this year,” Serge said. “Hope (Christian), we’d want to see them in the final game. Our expectations are to win. We are going to compete. They beat us pretty good early in the season. When we see them again, hopefully it will be a good competition.”