Warriors can't break the Colts
Nothing was really going in favor of the Warriors soccer team on Thursday afternoon at Eddie Castaneda Field.
The wind was howling and they were still missing two of their best players in John Carilli and Anthony Saiz.
Throw in an early penalty kick for the visiting Silver Colts and Socorro was already starting the District 3/A-AAA match on the wrong side of the pitch, in both a literal and figurative manner.
Dushan Gacanich was called for a foul severe enough that the referee awarded Silver the penalty kick, and when Ryan Stern skirted the gift past Warriors goalkeeper Will Schaffer, the match had already produced a score equal to that of these two teams' most recent meeting.
The Colts (7-7, 3-1) managed the lone goal in an overtime win against Socorro (2-12, 0-5) on Sept. 25, but the rematch wouldn't prove quite as suspenseful. Silver scored three first-half goals en route to a 4-1 victory.
Ten minutes after Stern's goal, Josh Wright finessed in a rebound shot to make the score 2-0, and with 6:20 left in the first half, David Deitchman went cross-post with a nifty effort to push the Silver lead to 3-0.
For most of the first half, Socorro's offense was kept in check by the Colts' bigger, more experienced midfield and defense.
"That first (penalty kick), along with the wind, we were fighting that the whole way," Warriors head coach Dennis Walsh said.
And so far in 2012, Socorro has been somewhat notorious for coming out slow, then improving as the match progresses. The problem is, when it gets down early, it's difficult to play catch-up with a young team.
"After those first two goals we kind of settled it down a little bit," Walsh said. "We just have to figure out how to get going a little quicker."
The Warriors stepped it up on both ends of the pitch in the second half, as per their frequent operational method. Eighth grader Mike Armijo scored a relentless goal after Colts goalkeeper Jake Martin bobbled a shot to cut the lead to 3-1. Armijo kept with the play and ended up powering the ball in with 19 minutes left in the match.
But Silver managed to keep the Socorro attack at arm's length, and with six minutes left Deitchman put the game away with his second goal, this one coming off a cross.
The loss leaves the boys in blue still fighting for their first district win, but as always with this young squad good things are on the horizon.
"The good news is we'll have Johnny back on Saturday, we'll have Anthony back on Saturday, so there's our speed up top right there," Walsh said. "Johnny was dying to play today. Every five minutes he was asking."
Carilli didn't wind up finding his way into Thursday's match because of a lingering knee injury, but come this Saturday afternoon against Rehoboth (8-5, 0-3), his squad will more than likely employ his services.
The Lynx play in brutal District 4/A-AAA, and while they might be in midst of a three-game losing streak, two of those losses came at the hands of perennial powers Bosque and Sandia Prep. Rehoboth lost to both teams by a score of 2-0.
"I know Rehoboth is going to be good," Walsh said. "But, you know, we're on our home field. Hopefully the weather will be nice and cool. We're going to be at full strength."
Kickoff at Warrior Stadium is slated for 1 p.m. this afternoon.