Lady Warriors receive a five-seed in state tourney

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After taking the District 3-1A/3A title again last week, several members of the Lady Warriors soccer team said they wouldn’t mind if they didn’t have a first-weekend bye in the state tournament, so they could get another match in. That would mean they wouldn’t get a top-four seed, which would mean the seeding committee didn’t find their 17-3 record bye-worthy.

Well, Socorro got exactly what it wished for. The Lady Warriors will play host to Bloomfield on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Warrior Stadium, and they’ll play as the five seed. If Socorro gets past the 6-14 Bobcats, it will play Robertson on Thursday, Nov. 8. The Cardinals received the tournament’s fourth seed and a first-round bye. Socorro beat Robertson 5-3 on Sept. 22.

“Just looking at it that way, we do feel kind of sighted a little bit,” Lady Warriors head coach Mitch Carrejo said. “I look at it as a little bit of motivation for us.”

While a rematch with the Cardinals (18-2) would definitely make for an interesting match, Socorro isn’t looking past the Bobcats, despite their less than stellar record.

“We need to get by Bloomfield first,” Carrejo said. “We’re going into it like any other game. We’re going to try and dictate the play, and play our game.”

By no means does that suggest that aforementioned rematch won’t be at least lingering, if even a tiny little bit, in the back’s of the Lady Warriors’ minds. This team has been out to prove itself since day one of fall practice, and every time it takes the pitch is just another opportunity to do so.

“We’re kind of looking forward to it if we get that far,” Carrejo said. “We’ve got kind of a chip on our shoulder getting a five-seed. Between a four and a five, I’d rather get a five because we get that extra game. But we feel like we deserve that four.”

Kick-off at Warrior Stadium is slated for 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.