Lady Warriors soccer turns it around during Socorro Cup, can’t hold up to Valencia

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What a difference a week makes for the young Lady Warriors soccer team. The ladies quickly rebounded from their rocky start by winning the Socorro Cup Round Robin tournament last Saturday, then picking up a 3-0 win against Pojoaque on Monday at home. They didn’t fare so well on Tuesday, however, losing 3-0 to Valencia.

Photos by Billy Byler for El Defensor Chieftain: The Lady Warriors pose with their Socorro Cup trophy on Saturday, after turning their play around and taking the tournament.

“We had a slow start (in the Socorro Cup), but came back strong,” coach Mitch Carrejo said of Saturday’s Socorro Cup win. “We won the tournament on aggregate goals, and while playing the last half of the tournament two or three girls down, due to injuries.”

The ladies played Grants and then Silver City in the Socorro Cup.

They kept their pace on Monday against Pojoaque, but faltered when they left town to play Valencia.

The coach chalks the wins up to the fact that the girls are starting to recognize their own talent, and the losses to their youth and inexperience, which will be especially prevalent in games away from home.

Due to some team members’ commitments to the Socorro County Fair, and others’ injuries, they have canceled play in the Taos Tournament, which was scheduled for this weekend. The Lady Warriors will play their next game at home on September 7, against Santa Fe Preparatory School.

The boys varsity soccer team took their first loss against Valencia on Tuesday, with a score of 0-7. The junior varsity team tied Valencia in their games.

The Warriors won their first two match-ups handily – with an 8-1 win over East Mountain on Aug. 20 and a 4-1 win over Pojoaque at home on Monday. The Warriors soccer team plays again on Saturday in Grants at 11 a.m.