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August 22, 2013
Today, we take a look back at the 2012 Soccer Season as we prep for the 2013 season
It was no surprise who would make it to the class 5A men’s state final. Since 2000, La Cueva, Eldorado or both teams have made it to the championship game 11 out of 12 times, and this year was no different. The foes met for the second time in a row to battle for the win.
Second seeded Bears lost to Eldorado earlier in the season, but the team, consisting of 9 seniors, wasn’t going to let that be a factor. Goals from Luke Lawrence and Matt Griego allowed the Bears to gain confidence early on in the second half. Eldorado got on the board with an own goal, but it wasn’t enough to stop La Cueva from maintaining the win.
In August of 2012, no one would have guessed the state tournament would turn out the way it did. The 1 seed, Albuquerque Academy lost in the quarterfinal to the number 8 seed Capital out of Santa Fe. Reigning state champs, the Farmington Scorpions, made their way to the final to face the Lobos of Chaparral.
The 20-2 Lobos earned the second seed, and proved that was what they deserved. Senior Adrian Cosio got one past the Farmington goalkeeper in the 38th minute to clinch the school’s first ever state championship. Chaparral would be the only non-Albuquerque school to win a state title.
Class 3A is usually dominated by one district, and this year it was the same story. The two semifinal games featured Sandia Prep, Rehoboth, Hope Christian, and Bosque, all members of district 4. The Sundevils beat Rehoboth 3-0 to advance to the state final for the twelfth time in thirteen years, while Bosque scored 3 against the Huskies to move on. The two teams battled for 120 scoreless minutes, fighting through 4 overtimes.
Prep ended up getting the three-peat by winning in penalty kicks 4-1. They were pushed through by sophomore goalkeeper John Twohig who stopped back to back pks. The victory brought in the fifteenth state championship for the Sandia Prep Men’s soccer program.
For the third year in a row, two 5A powerhouses would play each other in the state final. Everyone was seeded where they thought they deserved, with defending state champs, La Cueva, at number 1. The final four would consist of only metro teams that came out of two districts.
La Cueva achieved the chance to play in the final once again by beating Rio Rancho 2-0. Volcano Vista had to make it past Las Cruces and rival Cibola to make it to the semifinal where they beat Eldorado 2-1. The bears and hawks played a long scoreless game, going into 4 overtimes and finally pks. La Cueva found the back of the net more than the Hawks, earning back to back state titles.
On the other side of the bracket, second seeded Aztec, a team most knew nothing about, made its way to their first state final match. The team took down Kirtland Central and Los Alamos, who was expected to do big things in the tournament. However, Aztec’s fame came to an end, as the experienced Chargers gained their fifth straight title by winning 3-1.
There has been a trend that occurs in 3A district 4 the past couple of years: whoever comes out on top at the end of districts falls short in the state tournament. Everything went as planned, up until the championship game. One seed Hope Christian scored 3 against 4 seed Robertson, and district runners-up, Sandia Prep beat 3 seed St. Michael’s 6-2 to advance.
The Sundevils are no stranger to the championship game, making it to the final the past 9 years, and they displayed why they belong there. The teams fought through regulation time, and four overtimes in the blistering cold and wind. Prep would end up getting the back to back state title by beating the Huskies 3-2 in pks, keeping the trend alive.
New For The 2013 Season Soccer Coverage On NMPreps.com
NMPreps.com's Welcomes Kaitlyn Glass to the team: Kaitlyn has played soccer since the age of 4 and has loved it from day 1. Along with clubs, she played for her high school, Sandia Prep, where she went to the state championship 4 times; winning the state title her junior and senior seasons. Glass currently is a goalkeeper for the Lubbock Christian University Women’s Soccer team.
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