Early deficit fire up Dragons; Monte del Sol boys soccer hammers Moreno Valley, 7-3

October 13, 2018

Nothing can sober up a soccer team better than a 2-0 deficit.

The Monte del Sol Dragons faced that in the opening minutes Friday of a District 1-1A/3A boys soccer match at Moreno Valley in Angel Fire, but all it did was wake them up. The Dragons responded by outscoring the Timberwolves for a 7-3 win.

That keeps Monte del Sol (9-3-1 overall) atop the district at 6-0 and sets up a matchup with Tierra Encantada on Oct. 18 that could determine the district champion and an automatic spot in the Class 1A/3A State Tournament.

It almost looked like the Dragons were going to lose their district lead against Moreno Valley.

“It was like, ‘What is going on?’ ” Monte del Sol head coach Fritz Rothdach said.

Monte del Sol wasn’t helped by the absence of Pedro Chavez, who Rothdach elected to sit as he dealt with a shoulder injury. But the Dragons battled back with a single goal each from Joel Puentes and Clay Arizmendi to tie the score at the half. Then came a five-goal outburst in the second half, highlighted by a pair of goals by Axel Locoya and Brandon Quintero.

“Other people had to pick up the slack,” Rothdach said. “That was good. For me as a coach, I see that as a positive.”


Monte del Sol 3, Tierra Encantada 1

The Lady Dragons made it a good day for Monte del Sol as they won their first match in almost a month with a 27-25, 23-25, 25-13, 25-12 win in a District 2-2A match at Tierra Encantada.

The win also placed the Lady Dragons (3-10) in a tie atop the district standings with Desert Academy at 1-0.

Monte del Sol also got a chance to work on its offense, as Emi Fukuda had 14 kills and Jamie Lujan had seven.

“Emi was really hot,” Lady Dragons head coach Chela Butler said. “I told them they had one girl who could block her and she is really playing well. So, let’s keeping giving it to her.”

Serving was also key to the Lady Dragons’ success, as Daisy Ortiz had 20 service points, Ananya Mulakala added 16 and Lujan had 15.

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