Lady Warriors intimidated by Huskies

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The Lady Warriors soccer team ended the season similar to the way they started, with a 7-0 loss against a much more mature, experienced team.

The team did not display their best performance for the quarterfinals game against Hope Christian School on Nov. 7, lacking the aggressiveness in attacking the ball and goal attempts that they have shown in the past several weeks.

The Hope Huskies brought height, experience and strength in numbers to the field at Albuquerque Public Schools’ soccer complex — intimidating factors for a young team largely playing in their first-ever state quarterfinal playoff match, and short on teammates due to attrition and injury.

“I’d like to say how proud I am of every single one of the young ladies on this year’s Socorro Lady Warrior soccer team,” coach Mitch Carrejo said. “As young — no seniors and seven eighth-graders — and inexperienced as these girls were at the beginning of the season, no one could have envisioned what this team would accomplish.”

In addition to seven eighth-graders, the team consisted of four freshmen, three sophomores and one junior. Only five of them were returning team members, and some had never played soccer before this season. The team started the year with a loss, but quickly turned their record around, winning the Socorro Cup Tournament and ending the season with an 11-7-1 record — 6-0-0 in their district, and sitting sixth in Class A/AAA standings. The Ladies won the first round state tournament game, advancing to quarterfinals, where they lost 0-7 against the top-ranked Hope Huskies. The Huskies went on to play Taos in the semi-finals, winning 1-0, and then beat Sandia Prep School 3-1 in the finals, ending with a 20-3 record.

Junior Dominque Molina led the team in scoring by a long shot, with 39 goals for the season — an average of 2.1 per game. Eighth-grader Danielle Moore led in assists, with a total of 14, and eight goals. The team mostly played as a team, spreading the goals, assists and other points around. Carrejo commented on the team effort throughout the season, noting after each game that each team member played a positive role in their success.

Carrejo has over 10 years’ experience coaching the Lady Warriors soccer team. He was ambivalent about the team’s chance for success at the beginning of the season, and pleased with the end results.

“My greatest asset is having my son Matt on the coaching staff.” Carrejo said. “Without his playing experience, soccer knowledge and vision as a member of the coaching staff, none of this would have been possible.”