Warriors soccer

Midfielder Hezekiah Oxford was making moves against the St. Michael defense.

Taking care of business was what the Warriors Soccer team was all about during its final home game of the regular season. Facing the St. Michael’s Horseman, the boy’s went away with a 5-0 victory during the non-conference showdown.

The game was back and forth early with the wind being a big factor, particular with corner kicks, during the October 24 matchup. Horseman senior Berkeley Reynolds had the first legitimate shot on goal that was saved by Warriors keeper Gavin Spitz. Socorro’s Hezekiah Oxford finally connected off of a rebound to get things going. Junior Skyler Bunning scored on a run through the defense to make it 2-0 at the half.

Della Vega, a retiree from First State Bank, was one of several fans on hand supporting the team, despite the windy conditions, for the final regular season home game while cheering on her grandson Josh Walsh.

“If I’m not busy I always want to come out and support the team,” she said. “This team has been playing fantastic this season. The boys grew up together and everyone here has nothing but 100 percent pride in these kids.”

In the second half, after a score by Zedekiah Ochoa, Vega got to see her grandson Josh bring things home with two straight goals. One off of a penalty kick and the final clincher on a fluke rebound. This is most likely one of Walsh’s final games playing for Socorro soccer with his parents Dennis and Delilah having moved to Las Cruces.

“Playing out here today felt really good,” Walsh said. “That second goal was all instinctive and I was able to tap it in luckily. This feels great to be able to go out as a top end team with these guys who I’ve worked so hard with over the years. This is the best group of boy’s and best group of coaches I’ve ever played with.”

Head Coach Billy Oxford was pleased with his team putting up a shutout victory.

“Our boys played the most complete game that I have seen all season,” he said. “They played up to the level that we know they can. We were focused and collected out there today. The support we’ve had from the community cannot be described in words and we hope to represent Socorro in the right way going forward into the state championships.”

Socorro did finish its season on the road two days later losing a defensive 1-0 game against rival Hatch Valley, placing them third in District 3 standings. The Warriors landed as the sixth seed in the upcoming 2019 Fuddruckers Boys State Tournament and will face off against eleventh seeded East Mountain at home on November 2 at 3 p.m. The 15-1-3 Bosque Bobcats are the one seed and have a bye before the quarterfinal matchups begin on November 6 in Bernalillo.