The Lady Warriors soccer team was able to escape a well fought game against the Silver Fighting Colts this past weekend with a 2-0 victory, maintaining their second place standing in the 3A class.
This was a defensive matchup. The Colts starting keeper Lillith Harsh suffered a broken leg earlier in the season when their team came to town for the Socorro Cup. Sophomore Aryana Gomez has replaced Harsh and was blocking shots left and right against the Warriors offense.
“Aryana played really hard,” Silver head coach Gregory Koury said. “She’s a basketball player too, so she can get up there and block shots that a lot of players can’t. I’m really proud of how she has been able to step in and play at a high level so quickly.”
The Warriors started off with an early team score. Kayla Botko drove towards the goal and made a sneaky pass around her defender to Consuelo Apache to make it 1-0. Apache followed that up with a score in the right side of the net off a corner kick deflection to go up 2-0.
Freshman goalie Alex Olguin was certainly no slouch either.
She and the rest of the defense battled for the ball every time Silver was driving for goal. Junior Serena Van Landingham hustled bacon defense for a nice clearance out of the box to save an easy goal for the colts.
Several missed shots on goal prevented the Warriors from having a bigger lead. The ball was in Colts territory for most of the first half.
Gomez was making great saves all morning, but the Warriors offense helped too as the ball continued to go wide left or right or over the goal completely.
As sophomore Harley Richardson was subbed off the field, assistant coach Elias Witz took her aside.
“You’re doing great out there,” he said. “But if you make a bad pass or clearance or shot you have to get back into position OK. Calm down. Remember your game.”
Head Coach Michael Olguin brought the team in at half as they held their two point lead.
“I don’t know if you’re missing shots because you’re tired,” Olguin said in the huddle. “But we can’t keep missing shots and making mental mistakes. I don’t want excuses. Wake up. Do it for your team and do it for yourselves. We’ve got this if we want it.”
The Warriors continued to have struggles in the opponents’ box with several shots on goal that were too strong.
Their midfield game was strong as they made precision takeaways and passes that never gave the Colts a designed chance on goal. The refs blew the final whistle for a 2-0 Warriors win.
Their seven game winning streak continues, but the Warriors are still trying to catch up to District three top seed Hatch Valley who have not lost a game this season.
The Warriors will host district rival East Mountain on Oct. 9.