Lady Warriors shut out on the pitch
By the way Socorro was warming up before its match against Bosque on Tuesday afternoon in Albuquerque, fans may have predicted their Lady Warriors were in a little bit of trouble. The team was seemingly uninspired and disorganized, at least according their pre-game preparation, and the scorching-hot weather wasn’t helping.
When Sarah Moulton put the Bobcats ahead by a goal four minutes into the contest, those predictions were beginning to take shape. When Annie Allison scored just five minutes after that to put Bosque ahead 2-0, those predictions had come to fruition.
“We were really, really flat,” head coach Mitch Carrejo said. “We got out of the bus with no enthusiasm, and no legs really. We gave up two goals in five minutes before we ever even knew what hit us.”
After Moulton’s initial score on a dandy through ball and Allison’s put-back coming off a rebound, Alex Cruz completed the day’s scoring off of a free kick from the right side not long before the first half ended. The 3-0 loss to the Bobcats (2-2) was the first time Socorro (5-3) has been shut out this season.
The fact Socorro was playing its fourth match in five days though, may have been something of a contributor to its mental and physical state. It played three of those matches in two days at the Taos Tournament last weekend, and did so without any subs.
Still, the Lady Warriors’ characteristically potent offensive attack struggled for a lot of the match and the defense looked to be in anything but attack mode.
“Nobody was working. They just walked right around our defense,” Carrejo said. “Our midfield didn’t stop anything either. They (Bobcats) pretty much did anything they wanted to.”
The second half marked some improvement as the Lady Warriors didn’t allow another score and Dezirae Armijo and Ezrah Jaramillo both looked at several decent scoring opportunities, but couldn’t quite convert. The truth is, it was just one of those days for Socorro, and they happened to run into a talented team at an inconvenient time.
“In the second half we started putting passes together,” Carrejo said. “In the first half a lot of it was the pressure they were putting on us. They’re a really, really good team. They’re fast, they’re aggressive. And it didn’t help that we just came out really flat.”
The Lady Warriors normally exceed at getting the ball to their forwards on the wings and using short, crisp passes to create scoring chances. Carrejo said his team was basically attacking up the middle of the field on Tuesday.
“We didn’t get the ball wide at all today,” he said. “We didn’t do the things we usually do. We didn’t get our short passing game going. We don’t have big, powerful girls that can boom the ball out. We need to work the ball, get the ball wide and make some passes.”
Socorro indeed deviated from their preferred game plan and the final score reflects that, but there’s still good news on the horizon.
After yesterday’s contest with Santa Fe Prep, the Lady Warriors will have 12 days to rest and recuperate before they play host to Belen on Sept. 19.