Demons beat Albuquerque Sandia

October 1, 2018

The Albuquerque Public School Soccer Complex has not been a place of good memories for the Santa Fe High boys soccer team.

Until Saturday.

The Demons recorded their first win at the complex with a 2-0 win over Albuquerque Sandia in a District 5-5A match. After a tough 3-2 loss at Albuquerque High on Wednesday on the Bulldogs’ campus, Santa Fe High head coach Rob Quirk said Saturday’s match was a good gauge of how his team responded.

“We could be as happy as we can be, especially after the loss to Albuquerque High,” Quirk said. “We feel good about [the win]. We’re on track and we showed we can go the distance.”

Matt Hunter followed a two-goal performance against the Bulldogs with another pair of goals — one in each half. Quirk, though, said Santa Fe High (8-3 overall, 1-1 in 5-5A) was strong across the board.

“Matt’s got a little more support,” Quirk said. “It’s not like we’re getting two or three chances; we’re getting more like six-to-eight and Matt is such a consistent player he is going to put one or two away, if not two or three.”

The Demons’ defense has been underrated, as it recorded the fifth shutout of the season. Quirk said moving Johnny Manzanares from the front to the back line has helped solidify the defense because of his speed and aggressiveness.

“We have Jorge Lozano, was a second-team all-district as sophomore [last year],” Quirk said. “We had to add some speed to the back and help Jorge out, and they have been doing a great job.”

Santa Fe High takes on Albuquerque Manzano at home on Oct. 3 for its home opener.

Las Vegas Robertson 2, Monte del Sol 0

The Cardinals (8-3) made the most of their opportunities in a nondistrict match at home, scoring a goal in each half to hold off the Dragons.

“The game was very balanced,” said Monte del Sol head coach Fritz Rothdach. “They had fewer chances than we did. They just took advantage of one and we fumbled the other.”

Rothdach said the play of Pedro Chavez and Brandon Quintero was stellar and led the way for the Dragons.

Monte del Sol (5-3-1) returns to District 1-1A/3A play with a match against Desert Academy on Tuesday.

Desert Academy 5, Gallup 1

The Wildcats made it a split of their road trip to Gallup, as they easily handled the Class 4A Bengals in a nondistrict match.

Cole Sullivan and Adam Abusang each had a pair of goals to lead the way for Desert Academy (5-6-1), while Sebastian Pearson-Kramer added a goal to pad his Class 1A/3A best total to 17 on the season.

Desert Academy led 4-0 at the half and only allowed a goal in the 57th minute.

“It was a good game,” Wildcats head coach Rob Lochner said. “Our young players did a great job and [goalkeeper Ryan Harvey] did an excellent job in goal.”

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