Colts can’t hang with red-hot Socorro

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If referencing the now eight-game win streak the Lady Warriors have strung together on the pitch, never mind. They also have the state’s all-time leading goal-scorer, but forget about it. They’ve outscored their opponents in district play a combined 47-2 you say, and who cares?

Photo by Jonathan Miller/El Defensor Chieftain: Dominique Molina tries to fight off Silver’s Shelby Rigtrup while en route to the ball Thursday evening. Socorro won the district match, 10-0.

If referencing the now eight-game win streak the Lady Warriors have strung together on the pitch, never mind. They also have the state’s all-time leading goal-scorer, but forget about it. They’ve outscored their opponents in district play a combined 47-2 you say, and who cares?

But Jeriana Contreras put together such an impressive goal on Thursday evening against Silver, and just as the light briefly peeked through the clouds, it was as if the sun had intentionally frozen the Silver defense and the gods of soccer were personally willing her to get the ball into the net.

“Honestly I don’t know how I did it,” Contreras said. “It just happened. I was in that moment. I couldn’t have done it without my players of course.”

She skirted to her left past a Colts defender, split two more, cut upfield to her right, then muscled her way in between even two more defenders and powered the ball past the Colts goalkeeper with her right foot.

That made the score, Socorro 7, Silver…0.

Not that Contreras’ score was a fluke or a joke, it wasn’t. Earlier this season Socorro head coach Mitch Carrejo described her as having some of the best ball skills in all of A-AAA, and the goal was indeed one of the niftiest the home crowd has seen all season.

But the Lady Warriors have become a living, breathing highlight reel as of late, and looking for platinum, diamond-encrusted linings is but all a spectator can do at this point.

And need it be repeated they’re still getting it all done with just nine players on the pitch?

The Lady Warriors beat Silver 10-0 to improve to 14-3 overall and 4-0 in District 3/A-AAA on Thursday, and they did so using their conventional formula. A heavy dose of Dez Armijo and Dominique Molina scoring, a strong dash of Contreras, Amanda Saenz and Ezrah Jaramillo at midfield, and a dusting of stout defense.

Since a lackluster 3-0 loss to Bosque on Sept. 4, Socorro has reeled off the aforementioned eight consecutive wins, and it hasn’t been its nearly unstoppable offense picking up the entire tab. Since the loss to the Bobcats, the defense has posted four shutouts, and another two matches it has allowed only one goal.

When defender Bryn Botko comes back from injury in roughly two weeks, it might even be a little strange for Socorro to have a full squad.

“It probably will be (weird to adjust), but I think it’ll still be the same,” Contreras said. She meant “the same” in that her team will probably continue winning.

And while confidence is great, preparation is usually better, a concept not lost on Contreras or her team.

The Lady Warriors have a young but battle-tested Rehoboth team coming to Eddie Castaneda Field on Saturday morning. The Lynx compete in District 4/A-AAA with the likes of Hope, Bosque and Sandia Prep.

“I hope we play aggressive,” Contreras said. “We have to play really smart against them because they’re really tough.”

Regardless of this morning’s outcome, Socorro is still well in control of its district destiny, and a win at Hatch Valley on Oct. 16 will seal a league regular-season title. After all, the Lady Warriors are a great offensive team, they do have the state’s all-time leading goal scorer and they happen to be on a roll. Not even the prettiest goal can make those facts untrue.

The remainder of the regular season awaits, and Socorro seems ready.

“I think we’re just going to do really well and keep up our good work,” Contreras said.

Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Warrior Stadium.