The New Mexico Tech Lady Miners Soccer Club played its final game of the 2019 spring season for the Albuquerque Soccer League’s (ASL) Women’s second division this past Sunday morning at the Arroyo Del Oso Soccer Fields in Albuquerque. The final game determined the division championship and the Lady Miners emerged as the champs winning 1-0. This season marked the first time the Lady Miners soccer club has finished on top of its division.
The first place Lady Miners faced off against second place, and perennial champions, Ms. Fits VFB of Albuquerque. The final game’s victor claimed the top champion spot as the losing squad waits until this upcoming Fall for another chance to say they are the best in the division.
The Miners are a small squad, as far as participant numbers, and Sunday’s game was a demonstration of that case. The team played most of the first half with two players down meaning the squad of nine had to face off against a full field of 11. This deficit didn’t dissuade the Ladies as their defensive setup held off numerous attacks from the offensive-minded Ms. Fits. Content to let their opponents weary themselves, the Lady Miners patiently awaited their golden chance to counter attack.
That opportunity came late in the first half when junior midfielder Kayla Botko received a perfect pass from her sweeper/stopper, sophomore Chloe McComas. Botko smoothly sent her midfield counterpart Jeriana Contreras a beautiful ball through the Ms. Fits defensive line and Contreras didn’t waste the effort. She glanced up for a split second and seeing that her opponent’s goalkeeper was slightly off her line, Contreras expertly chipped the ball over the hapless keeper for the game’s first and only goal.
The second half saw the Lady Miners pick up another player, reducing their player deficit to ten versus eleven. Although the Ms. Fits hammered away at the Ladies, Miners’ senior Captain and graduating Mechanical Engineering major Megan Armstrong stayed strong on defense throughout the final forty minutes. Her co-Captain, Mineralogy major Julienne ‘Mamaita’ Aboa Essomba, kept a perfect clean sheet as the Lady Miners keeper while staving off several point-blank shots in the waning minutes of the championship match.
With their top-notch intelligence, competitive spirit, spatial awareness and attitudes many more victories are expected in the future for these up-and-coming scientists and engineers.
Post-game the Lady Miners extended thanks to New Mexico Tech's Student Activities Director Melissa Begay and her staff, and the local Socorro businesses and their fans for the support they received this season. Without these entities, intramural soccer for the women at New Mexico Tech would not be possible.