Warriors soccer teams make strides

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Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain: Lady Warrior Sierra Wheeler makes a pass downfield during the game against Bosque at home on Tuesday. The Lady Warriors were defeated 0-3 against one of their toughest opponents.

The Lady Warriors’ soccer match against Deming on Sept. 12 ended in a shootout after the two teams tied 1 to 1 in regular play.

The Lady Warriors lost the shootout 4 to 5, for a loss at home, but this is a great stride for this young team. Domonique Molina, a junior, scored the only Lady Warriors goal in regular play. Eighth-grader Danielle Moore had the assist.

On Tuesday, the Lady Warriors played Bosque, one of the state’s toughest teams. Though they lost 0-2, they showed great improvement in their game.

“We made a good effort today,” coach Mitch Carrejo told his team following the game. “They are just a lot more experienced than us, but that’s no excuse. We hung with them and competed.”

Carrejo coached his girls to “step up — don’t give them any space” throughout the game. The Lady Warriors need to be more aggressive at taking control of the ball, working their passes and communicating.

“I didn’t hear any conversation out there,” Carrejo said to the team. “We have to keep working hard and make it through districts.”

The Warriors soccer match against Bosque followed the Lady Warriors’ game. The boys dribbled and passed, playing like a team — a sign of maturity for them. The Warriors also lost their game 0-3. The last time they met with Bosque, the score was 1-9. There is tremendous improvement in their defensive game.

“They (Bosque) are playing with mostly juniors and seniors, while we have six eighth-graders and seven freshmen,” coach Dennis Welsh said. “We are playing a championship team. I’m proud of how well we played tonight.”

Both teams are showing improved skill and increased confidence. This is especially apparent in the Warriors’ game, as they aggressively attack the ball rather than staying back and waiting for it to come to them. Their increased teamwork is also a great sign of development.

The Lady Warriors still have room to improve on teamwork — talking to one another and knowing their respective positions on the field. Their ball handling skills are improving, and they are gradually gaining a little aggression. In a game where they were outmatched in numbers, team cohesiveness and sheer size, they held their own pretty well.

According to Wikipedia, a penalty shootout, properly called “kicks from the penalty mark” (abbreviated “KPM”), is a way of determining a winner after a tied game where there must be a winner, such as in an elimination tournament or championship match. Only the players on the field at the end of the match are allowed to take part in the KPM. If one team has more players than the other team, it must reduce to equate so that the KPM starts with the same number of players on each team participating.

All players must stay in the center circle — along with the trail assistant referee to manage the players — except the two goalkeepers and the player taking the kick. The goalkeeper of the kicking team stands at the corner of the penalty area line and the goal line, behind the lead assistant referee, unless it is his turn to kick.

The winner of a coin flip decides which team will kick first. Teams alternate kicks until each team has kicked five times. The team scoring the most goals is declared the winner. If one team scores more goals than the other team possibly could within the first five kicks, then no more kicks are taken; for example, one team makes its first three kicks, and the other team misses three times, then the remaining kicks are moot.

If goals are tied after each team has taken five kicks, then each team will take one additional kick. This will continue until one team has made more goals than the other team after the same number of kicks. No player may kick a second time until all of his teammates, including the goalkeeper, have kicked. After all players on a team have kicked, all are eligible to kick again and need not kick in the same order. No player may kick a third time until all of his teammates have kicked twice, and so on.

Goals scored during KPM are not added to the ones scored during the game. They are tallied separately, and are looked at only to determine who won the tied game. Thus, the final score might be 3 (2) to 3 (5), the numbers in parentheses indicating KPM totals.