Boys soccer team falls
Chalk it up as a loss, but credit it as an experience that may be useful in the state tournament — the Socorro High School boys soccer team lost 4-3 to Rehoboth on a new artificial turf field.
“I think the boys played pretty good. It’s a new field and they didn’t get used to it right away,” said Socorro coach Chuck Ngo, who said the first Rehoboth (3-3) goal was scored after Socorro (3-3) players misjudged how fast and far the ball could roll.
Socorro forward Erik Garcia tied it up about five minutes later. Rehoboth put in two more goals in the first half to lead 3-1, and then Justus Jaramillo scored one and Garcia scored a second goal to tie it 3-3 at halftime.
“In the second half, they came in and shot from about 25 yards out,” said Ngo, describing the winning Rehoboth goal.
Close to the end of the game, Rehoboth got a penalty kick.
“But the good thing is, Kenneth (DeCosta) saved the PK,” Ngo said.
Immediately after, Rehoboth was awarded a second penalty kick.
“Again he blocked the PK. It’s unbelievable — he blocked two PKs in a row. You never see that happen,” said Ngo. “I’m happy with the boys. They stand up and fight to the end.”
Ngo’s only qualms were with the decision to only have two officials for a varsity game.
“We lost the game — I don’t blame the officials, but they should have three officials,” said Ngo, who officiated soccer games himself before taking the coaching job with the Warriors this season.
The biggest issue, he said, is that it is difficult for referees to detect offsides calls, which makes it easier to score.
The Warriors play their first home game today (Saturday) against Goddard, beginning with the JV team, at 1 p.m., and the varsity, at 3 p.m. Socorro travels next to Pojoaque on Tuesday, Sept. 15, to play at 5 p.m.