Warriors can't tame Bears

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After a heartbreaking loss to Silver in the District 3-1A/3A opener on Sept. 25, the Socorro boys soccer team dropped a tough match to the Hatch Valley Bears at home on Thursday, 5-1.

The Fighting Colts scored in the ninth minute of overtime to spoil the Warriors' league debut, then Hatch took full advantage of a somewhat depleted Socorro team to race out to an early lead and hold the home team to just one goal in the Warriors (2-9, 0-2) second district match.

Socorro was missing forwards John Carilli due to a knee injury and Mike Armijo due to a junior varsity football game. The pair represents the Warriors two leading goal-scorers.

"It was really difficult not having John and Mike," Socorro goalkeeper Will Schaffer said. "The execution was not there today. The execution at Silver was much better."

The Bears (3-6, 1-0) sprinted out to a 4-1 halftime lead, and Schaffer said not having Carilli and Armijo not only hurt on offense, but on defense as well.

"They play a defensive roll, too," Schaffer said of his absent forwards.

"Defensively, we were so solid at Silver. It's no comparison to this game."

Hatch scored the match's first two goals before Colton Wheeler set Sam Burleigh up for a nifty goal that cut the Bears lead in half. Unfortunately for the Warriors, that's where their offense would stall. Hatch Valley added two late goals in the first half and then one in the second to claim the victory.

"This one's a little difficult to swallow because it doesn't reflect how good of a team we are," Schaffer said. "I don't think we were down this game. I think we still know we're a good team."

Carilli said he hopes to bounce back from his knee injury by the time Socorro travels to Ruidoso on Oct. 2 to take on the Warriors, and Armijo should be back in the line up as well. Ruidoso is 3-8-1 on the season and in the midst of a four game losing streak.

Socorro will play host to New Mexico Military Institute on Oct. 4 before it travels to Deming for a non-league match on Oct. 6.